Bladder retraining is a therapy used by the Urology Division as well as the Women’s Center for Continence and Sexual Health at Premier Medical Group.
What is bladder retraining?
Bladder retraining may be used alone or in combination with other therapies. Bladder retraining involves learning to delay urination after a patient feels the urge to empty their bladder. Initially, a patient may be asked to delay urination for 10 minutes after they feel the urge to empty their bladder with the goal to lengthen the time between trips to the toilet until they are urinating every two to four hours.
Bladder retraining may also involve double voiding – urinating, then waiting a few minutes and trying again in order to help a patient learn to empty their bladder more completely. In addition, bladder retaining may involve learning to control urges to urinate by utilizing relaxation techniques like deep breathing.