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How do I know if something I eat or drink causes overactive bladder?

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If you feel that something in your diet is hampering your attempts to manage your urge incontinence, but you don't know what it is, try keeping a bladder diary. This is a daily record of what and when you eat and drink, and your urination patterns. You can also try an elimination diet. Remove one item -- tomatoes, for example -- from your meals for a week. If your symptoms get better, note that. Gradually add back small amounts of that food and see if your symptoms come back. You may be able to have some of the food without the irritating side effects.

SOURCES:

American Urological Association Foundation: "A Basic Guide to Bladder Health."

American Urogynecologic Society: "Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes: Improving Urinary Urgency, Frequency and Urge Incontinence."

National Association for Continence: "Urgency Urinary Incontinence/Overactive Bladder: Dietary Changes."

National Toxicology Program: "Caffeine."

Gregory A. Kitagawa, MD, assistant professor, department of reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University; ob-gyn, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland.

American Dietetic Association: "Kidney Disease and Diet."

Duke University Health System: "Incontinence Management Treatments: Fluid and Dietary Modifications."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Tract Infections in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Bladder Irritating Foods."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Urological Association Foundation: "A Basic Guide to Bladder Health."

American Urogynecologic Society: "Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes: Improving Urinary Urgency, Frequency and Urge Incontinence."

National Association for Continence: "Urgency Urinary Incontinence/Overactive Bladder: Dietary Changes."

National Toxicology Program: "Caffeine."

Gregory A. Kitagawa, MD, assistant professor, department of reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University; ob-gyn, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland.

American Dietetic Association: "Kidney Disease and Diet."

Duke University Health System: "Incontinence Management Treatments: Fluid and Dietary Modifications."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Tract Infections in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Bladder Irritating Foods."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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