Is it possible to train your bladder?

Is it possible to train your bladder? We asked Steven Bernstein, MD from the Fairview Center for Bladder Control about whether your bladder is smart enough to learn new tricks.

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According to Dr. Bernstein, the bladder isn’t smart enough to learn new tricks but it can improve on the ones it already knows. The only type of “tricks” or actions the bladder can really do is to relax to store urine and contract to get rid of it. The voluntary sphincter, or “potty training” muscle, only does the same actions.

Before embarking on an aggressive program of bladder training we recommend a bit of investigation into the actual problem and then focusing energy and resources directly at the source. This energy might include some work strengthening some muscle or even, possibly, learning to relax some muscle. Once again, the accurate diagnosis of the problem is key to achieving results!

Do you have more questions about bladder control? Contact the Fairview Center for Bladder Control.

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Fairview Center for Bladder Control is devoted to diagnosing, managing and treating women’s bladder issues including urinary incontinence, voiding issues, pelvic prolapse and recurrent urinary tract infections. Our specialized staff provides a high level of service in a compassionate, professional environment.



We consider the complete needs of each patient and then use the most up-to-date treatment methods to achieve the best possible outcomes.

 

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