If you have been diagnosed
By making lifestyle and behavioral changes you can help control bladder function. For many women, a healthy diet and fit lifestyle really make a difference in decreasing lower urinary tract symptoms. The amount of fluid that you drink determines how much urine you make. Not overdoing fluids will result in less trips to the bathroom. Also, restricting drinking after dinner can help reduce the number of trips to the bathroom at night. At the same time, you should not restrict you fluids too much either. Following your thirst is a good guide to how much you should drink. Women with urinary leakage find it helpful to reduce bladder irritants and artificial sweeteners. Bladder irritants, include caffeine found in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and some energy drinks. These foods may cause bladder muscle spasms, which can make you suddenly feel like you have to urinate.