Drinking more water can help with bladder leakage in some cases, but it’s essential to understand the underlying causes of bladder leakage before increasing your water intake. Bladder leakage can occur for various reasons, including urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, and other medical conditions. Here’s how increased water intake can be beneficial in some cases:
- Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is generally good for your overall health and can help maintain the health of your urinary tract. When you’re adequately hydrated, your urine is less concentrated, which can reduce irritation of the bladder lining.
- Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Drinking enough water can help flush out bacteria from the urinary tract, reducing the risk of UTIs, which can contribute to bladder leakage.
- Constipation Prevention: Constipation can put added pressure on the bladder and worsen bladder leakage. Drinking water and maintaining a high-fiber diet can help prevent constipation.
It is important to note that excessive water intake can also exacerbate bladder issues.
The below conditions can be exacerbated by increased water intake:
- Overactive Bladder (OAB): If you have an overactive bladder, which causes a frequent and strong urge to urinate, drinking too much water can exacerbate symptoms by increasing the volume of urine in your bladder.
- Stress Incontinence: In cases of stress incontinence (leakage with activities like coughing, sneezing, or laughing), excessive water intake may fill the bladder and increase the likelihood of leakage during these activities.
- Reduced Urinary Control: For individuals with certain neurological conditions or decreased bladder control, drinking excessive water may lead to more frequent urges to urinate and difficulty controlling those urges.
It’s important to partner with a pelvic floor physical therapist to understand the underlying causes of your bladder symptoms. A pelvic floor physical therapist will perform a comprehensive exam that includes diving into your current water intake, to make suggestions on how best to treat your symptoms. If you are suffering from bladder issues and would like to speak to one of our pelvic floor physical therapist’s go and schedule a free discovery session!