Review your bladder diary to see how much fluid you're drinking each day. Once your physician reviews this information, he or she may suggest changes in the amount of fluid you consume. If your urine output is much higher than 48 ounces, you may be drinking too much fluid. This isn't necessarily unhealthy, but it forces your bladder to handle more urine and may invite or aggravate incontinence. Cutting back may be helpful.
On the other hand, if your output is much lower than 30 to 40 ounces, it can increase your risk for urinary tract infection or kidney stones and, in some people, create a frequent urge to urinate because the concentrated urine irritates the bladder lining. Unless you engage in strenuous exercise or have a medical condition (such as a propensity toward forming kidney stones) that requires more fluid consumption, you can try these guidelines to improve your symptoms:
- Aim for no more than six to eight cups of fluid (from all sources) each day.
- Don't drink more than 8 ounces at a time.
- Don't guzzle. The faster your bladder fills, the more likely you are to feel urgency.
- Minimize caffeinated and carbonated drinks.
- Decrease or eliminate alcohol consumption.
- If you are thirsty because it is hot or you have exercised, don't hesitate to drink water