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    Your bladder’s main job is to:

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    Your bladder’s main job is to:

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    Pee is made in your kidneys -- it gets to your bladder through two small tubes called ureters. When your bladder’s full, nerve endings send a message to your brain that it’s time to find a restroom. Your bladder muscles force the pee through a tube that carries it out of your body.

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    When it’s empty, your bladder is as big as a:  

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    When it’s empty, your bladder is as big as a:  

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    Your bladder is a flexible sac that swells and gets round when it’s full. It squeezes and flattens to get rid of pee.

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    How much pee can your bladder hold?

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    How much pee can your bladder hold?

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    We’ve all blamed our bladders when we’ve had to go at a bad time, but they really deserve a bravo. Your bladder can store as much as a medium coffee from your local java spot for up to 5 hours. Small amounts of urine are emptied into your bladder every 10 to 15 seconds. You feel the need to go when your bladder is about half full.  

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    Most people pee this many times a day:

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    Most people pee this many times a day:

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    If you go less often, you may need to drink more water. If you go more often, you may be getting too much liquid. Chugging coffee or other caffeinated drinks can keep you running to the bathroom, because caffeine can flush more liquid out of your body.

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    Holding your pee too long can burst your bladder.

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    Holding your pee too long can burst your bladder.

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    It may feel like your bladder will explode when you really have to go, but it’s mighty strong. Don't put it off if you have to go, though. An accident isn’t out of the question if you wait too long, and women who hold their pee get more urinary tract infections.

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    Eating tomatoes can irritate your bladder.

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    Eating tomatoes can irritate your bladder.

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    Foods with a lot of acid, like tomatoes, strawberries, and citrus fruits, can inflame your bladder, especially if you need to pee often or have pain or pressure. Alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, spices, carbonated drinks, pickled foods, and artificial sweeteners also can make things worse.

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    Your bladder fills up faster as you age.

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    Your bladder fills up faster as you age.

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    If you’re an older adult who wakes up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, you’re not alone. As you age, your body makes less of a hormone that helps you hold on to fluids and your bladder can’t hold as much as it used to. Drinking too close to bedtime can be part of the problem, too. Try to cut back on drinks about 2 hours before you want to go to sleep, and watch the alcohol and caffeine.

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    An overactive bladder is when:

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    At least 33 million Americans have overactive bladder (OAB). It can make you afraid that you won’t get to the restroom in time. Other signs can include going to the bathroom often and waking up more than once a night to pee. Your doctor can help you figure out if you have OAB or if it’s something else.

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    If you pee a little when you sneeze, that’s just part of getting older.

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    If you pee a little when you sneeze, that’s just part of getting older.

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    Talk to your doctor if you leak a few drops or more when you laugh, cough, or lift something. She might suggest you drink certain amounts of fluids only at specific times during the day or that you do exercises to make the muscles that control your bladder stronger (called Kegel exercises).

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    Most bladder infections are caused by:  

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    Most bladder infections are caused by:  

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    If it burns or hurts to pee, if the urge is strong but nothing comes out, or if you’re going much more often than usual, you could have an infection. Your bladder does what it can to stay healthy, though -- a special coating makes it tough for bacteria to attach and grow on the bladder wall.

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    Kegel exercises are only useful for women.

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    Kegel exercises are only useful for women.

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    Several muscles in your pelvis work together to help you control your bladder. Exercises called Kegels can strengthen them in both men and women. To find these muscles, pretend like you’re trying to stop peeing.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder X-Ray.”

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Mayo Clinic: “Urinary tract infection (UTI).”

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Piedmont Healthcare: “How Long is it Safe to Hold Your Urine?”

Starbucks: “What are the Sizes of Starbucks Drinks?”

The Kidney and Urology Foundation of America

UCLA Health: “Kegel Exercises for Men.”

Urology Care Foundation: “SUI Frequently Asked Questions,” “What is Overactive Bladder?”

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: “Our Top Ten Food Trigger List.”

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