“A bladder diary is a detailed, day-to-day record of your symptoms and other information related to your urinary habits. It can help determine the causes of bladder…”.1

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How may I Look for A Pattern with urinary incontinence (UI)?Urinary Incontinence Pattern

In Urinary Incontinence: How Is Urinary Incontinence Diagnosed? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov elaborate on:

“Your doctor or nurse may ask you to keep a diary for 2 to 3 days to track when you empty your bladder or leak urine. The diary may help your doctor or nurse see patterns in the incontinence that give clues about the possible cause and treatments that might work for you”.2

In Diet Habits: Can Your Diet Affect Your Bladder or Bowel Control? the (United States) National Association for Continence (NAFC) elaborate on:

“There is no “diet” to cure incontinence. However, diet can have a profound effect on your voiding patterns. There are symptoms you may be able to manage just by altering your diet. You may want to complete a bladder diary and monitor your food and fluid intake to see if you are able to find any relationship between your intake and urination. Remember that certain “natural” or “energy” supplements may also contain ingredients that irritate the bladder, so read labels carefully. You may want to see if eliminating one or all of the items discussed in this section improves your bladder control”.3

In Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): Treatments for Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): How Can I Treat My Bladder Control Problem? Make Lifestyle Changes the (United States) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) elaborate on:

“Drink the right amount of liquid at the right time. Ask your doctor whether you should drink less liquid during the day. However, don’t limit liquids to the point of becoming dehydrated. Your doctor can tell you how much and when to drink based on your health, activities, and local climate. To limit nighttime trips to the bathroom, you may want to stop drinking liquids a few hours before bedtime, but only if your doctor suggests it. Limiting foods and drinks with caffeine, such as chocolate, tea, coffee, and carbonated beverages, may help to reduce leaks. You should also limit alcoholic drinks, which can increase how much urine your body makes”.4

Bladder Diary

What is a bladder diary?

In Women’s Wellness: Bladder Control Problems – Bladder Diary: A Detailed Symptom Record the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“A bladder diary is a detailed, day-to-day record of your symptoms and other information related to your urinary habits. It can help determine the causes of bladder control problems and the most effective treatments”.5

In Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): Diagnosis of Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): How Do Doctors Find the Cause of A Bladder Control Problem? Bladder Diary the NIDDK elaborate on:

“To prepare for the doctor’s visit, you may want to keep a bladder diary (PDF, 487.59 KB) for 2 to 3 days beforehand. Each day, be sure to include:

  • What, when, and how much you drink
  • When you urinate and the amount you urinate
  • How often you leak
  • Whether you feel a strong urge to go before a urine leak
  • What you were doing when the leaks happened”.6

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If you would like help to look for a UI pattern, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you may identify any patterns, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Women’s Wellness: Bladder Control Problems – Bladder Diary: A Detailed Symptom Record. 28 February 2019. Mayo Clinic https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/womens-wellness-bladder-control-problems/ Accessed: 10 June 2019
  2. Urinary Incontinence: How Is Urinary Incontinence Diagnosed? Medical Review In 2016. Page Last Updated: 31 January 2019. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/urinary-incontinence Accessed: 10 June 2019
  3. Diet Habits: Can Your Diet Affect Your Bladder or Bowel Control? National Association for Continence https://www.nafc.org/diet-habits Accessed: 10 June 2019
  4. Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): Treatments for Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): How Can I Treat My Bladder Control Problem? Make Lifestyle Changes. June 2018. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/bladder-control-problems/treatment Accessed: 10 June 2019
  5. Women’s Wellness: Bladder Control Problems – Bladder Diary: A Detailed Symptom Record. 28 February 2019. Mayo Clinic https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/womens-wellness-bladder-control-problems/ Accessed: 10 June 2019
  6. Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): Diagnosis of Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence): How Do Doctors Find the Cause of A Bladder Control Problem? Bladder Diary. June 2018. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/bladder-control-problems/diagnosis Accessed: 10 June 2019
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