What makes a bladder training program successful?

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Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
When successful, bladder training decreases the number of daily bathroom visits you need to make, and you may be better able to control your need to urinate. If your doctor has recommended a bladder training program for your overactive bladder, you can do it at home. The program involves sticking to a set bathroom schedule. However, the length of time between bathroom visits is gradually increased. Studies show that bladder training offers benefits for:

- Urge incontinence, in which urine leaks because of strong, sudden urges

- Mixed incontinence, involving both urge incontinence and stress incontinence, which is caused by movement or pressure