Women generally have bad habits when it comes to urinating, often damaging the elasticity of their bladders or exposing themselves to urinary tract infections. Healthy urinary practices can help keep this vital organ functioning properly.
Medical advisor Alina Giraldo – Urologist from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Antioquia
Every 3 to 4 hours, is how often the bladder should be emptied. Maintain a practice of staying hydrated.
Some of the bad habits that can damage this organ and lead to urinary infections include resisting the urge to urinate, not drinking enough water, not sitting on the toilet properly, emptying the bladder only partially, abruptly interrupting urination and not wiping correctly. These practices can and lead to bladder conditions.
Infections, inflammations (cystitis), changes in the pelvic floor (which supports the bladder) and damages to the areas of the central nervous system that tell us to urinate, all lead to changes in how this bodily function works and can cause further infection, urinary incontinence and even kidney damage.
1 to 2 liters is the suggested daily amount of water we should drink. This helps us go to the bathroom on a regular basis.
Keep in mind
- Pain or a burning sensation while urinating, as well as changes in the urine such as with its color or a strong smell, can be signs of a urinary tract infection.
- Other recommendations include avoiding the use of panty liners on a daily basis and changing feminine hygiene pads frequently during menstruation.
- Pelvic floor exercises (contracting and releasing the bladder) should not be done while urinating. Care for this organ as best as you can.