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Overactive bladder: coffee does not float, alcohol does
On the freeway, at an important appointment - the bladder often gets in touch when it doesn't fit. Usually there is no going back, because the impulse to go to the toilet cannot be suppressed. The psyche is mostly to blame for the urge to urinate in the inappropriate situations, but once triggered, the reflex can no longer be stopped. If you try to train your bladder for a higher capacity, you will harm your health. This is pointed out by Uro-GmbH Nordrhein, an association of resident urologists.
"Many have to, although they don't really have to," emphasizes Dr. Reinhold Schaefer, urologist and managing director of the network. “For many, the urge to urinate is triggered when they get nervous because there is no toilet in sight. However, the bladder is usually not really full yet. “If you were just in the quiet place, you don't have to go back a few minutes later. The pretext that water has been drunk recently and therefore has to be done again is usually not true.
The drunk liquid takes about two hours to reach the bladder. Even people who are rushing to urinate usually do not have to go to the toilet in purely organic terms. This leads to a misinterpretation between the ear, brain and bladder. But no matter why the bladder reports, urge to urinate is an individual matter and cannot be delayed.
The female bladder usually holds 400 milliliters, the male about 500. But with sensitive bladder sensors, the bladder asks for emptying at 200 milliliters. The overactive bladder phenomenon affects almost 70 percent of women. “From a medical point of view, this is usually not a problem as long as there is no blood in the urine, pain or fever,” adds Dr. Shepherd. Only if you have never had any problems, but suddenly have to go to the toilet all the time, should this be clarified.
If you try to train your individual capacity by suppressing the urge to urinate, you are harming your health. Urge to urinate is a reflex that cannot be influenced. If the urine is retained, this leads to pain, nausea or pelvic floor cramps. There is also a risk that urine will be pressed back into the kidneys. In the long run, this damages the sensitive organs.
So: Be sure to go to the toilet if you have to! Not having coffee is also unsuccessful with an overactive bladder. Contrary to popular belief, caffeine is not diuretic. Alcohol, on the other hand, influences the hormone ADH and thus accelerates the toilet. If you feel impaired by the overactive bladder in everyday life, you should see a urologist, because there are medications for the hypersensitivity of the bladder sensors.