13 Things Your Bladder Secretly Wants to Tell You

You probably don’t have a “small bladder”

Bladders don’t vary much in size; yours might just act small. When it comes to how often you run to the bathroom, there are two things to consider: Actual bladder capacity (how much fluid your bladder physically holds) and functional bladder capacity (how long you wait before peeing). “Sometimes patients will sense bladder fullness at an earlier time than others, and that’s when they say, ‘I have a small bladder,’” says Benjamin Brucker, MD, assistant professor of urology, obstetrics, and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center. “You might get that message to pee very soon after it’s empty and starting to fill.” If you find yourself needing to pee often, talk to your doctor. He or she may treat you for overactive bladder by suggesting you minimize bladder irritants (such as coffee, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners) or start pelvic floor exercises such as Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles that help you “hold it.”

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