• Don’t strain or bear down while going to the bathroom. This can
damage the area of your recent surgery.
• Urinate while sitting in a few inches of warm water. Remember to
avoid getting your incision wet if it hasn’t healed yet.
• Don’t let your bladder get too full. Believe it or not, it’s easier if you
urinate more often.
• Do kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles around your vagina,
bowel, and bladder. To start, tighten the muscles you use to stop the
flow of urine. Hold for a count of ten, then relax the muscles slowly.
Repeat several times a day, working up to 100 kegels a day.
• If you can’t urinate on your own before you leave the hospital, you
may need to go home with a urinary catheter (a small tube to drain
urine from the bladder). Until you can urinate on your own, follow
1) If you go home with a catheter in place, follow the nurse’s
instructions for caring for the catheter and drainage bag. Do any
exercises you’ve been taught. And make sure you know when
and how the catheter will be removed.
2) If you need to self-catheterize, a nurse will teach you how
before you leave the hospital. Be sure to self-catheterize as
often as your nurse has told you to -- usually every 3 to 4 hours
during the day.