Does "going before going" help control bladder problems?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Going before going -- or emptying the bladder before feeling the need to urinate -- to try to avoid a trip to the bathroom when it’s less convenient may actually make bladder problems worse. The bladder can get into the habit of going even when you don't really have to.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Most people find that sticking to a schedule is the only way to manage their daily business. If you're struggling with bladder problems, try applying the same strategy. Simply put: Try peeing on a regular schedule. Don't wait for the urge to hit you suddenly when you're in a meeting or standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. Empty your bladder on a regular basis, and you may find that you experience fewer problems with urine leaks.

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