Some of the stuff I get to talk about to you lovely lot isn’t exactly glamorous is it? And this blog is no exception. BUT, what it definitely is, is important.
We may not spend an awful lot of time talking about things like toilet habits with our friends. But what’s going on down there can actually have a pretty significant impact on our lives, even if we don’t particularly want to broadcast it to the world.
So, it’s lucky you’ve got a friend like me around to tell you how it is. Knowing what’s normal and understanding how you can maintain bladder function and control for as long as humanly possible is really important. So today I’m going to share a little something with you that you may never have heard of – ‘jiccing’.
In other words, going to the toilet just in case. That thing you do automatically before you leave the house, or when you know you might not be near a loo for a little while. Most of us do it, and most of us don’t even think about it. But keep doing it and you could be causing yourself issues further down the line.
The reason for that is that if you’re often passing urine when your bladder is only half full, your body will adjust itself to that particular pattern. Which means that as soon as your bladder is half full, you’ll think you need to go. Its a vicious circle because the more you go, the more your body wants to go. Which means that you might do things like drink less water to reduce frequency, you may be more prone to accidents when you cough and sneeze and ultimately you’ll be reducing your bladder’s capacity to hold urine. All in all, not a great combination.
So what’s the answer? Well, you’re going to have to retrain your body and relearn how to properly read your body’s ‘full bladder’ signals. This means that next time you say to yourself ‘I’ll pop to the loo just in case’ you take a second to assess whether you actually need to go or not. Are you doing it out of genuine need, or are you doing it because its a habit? If it’s the latter, then wait until you actually do feel the urge to go later.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you hold on until you’re busting to go as it’s not great to do that too often either. But a bit of gentle persuasion for your bladder to hold on a little longer will start to adjust those signals and will mean fewer toilet trips and a better ability to control your capacity.
Oh, and your kids are worth a little mention too. If you often find yourself making them go to the toilet when you think they should, try and hold back a little – let them decide and read the signals from their own bodies. I know that can be a bit daunting (and my 4 year old still has a very occasional accident because I let him decide…which means he sometimes waits until the absolute last minute to go) but ultimately they’ll thank you for it!