Creating a Bladder Diary

If you are new to the world of incontinence, you are probably wondering what a bladder diary is. Very simply, it is a daily diary of what is going on with your bladder. Frequently your doctor will suggest that you keep a bladder diary when you are first starting to deal with incontinence. Just by recording the most basic facts like what you ate and drank and when any incontinence incidents occurred, a clear pattern may emerge. Sometimes this pattern is enough for your doctor to recommend behavioral changes that help to control your incontinence problems. So if you are think that you could be developing a problem with incontinence, you may want to start recording some information about your habits and incontinence episodes.

If you look online, you can find any number of bladder diary samples. Depending on how frequently you are noticing a problem, you may want to record information hourly, morning, afternoon, evening and night, or daily. You will want to record the time, what you drank, how much you drank, accidents, how you felt, what you were doing, and number of pads soiled per day, again depending on how severe your incontinence problem is.

As you are recording the information in your bladder diary, here are some things to consider.

Time – You can create a bladder diary in as little as three days, but the longer that you fill out your diary the better. Generally, if you can manage to fill a bladder diary out for an entire week, that is ideal.
Measuring Amounts – You can estimate amount of urine voided in general terms as large, medium or small. If your doctor wants you to measure more precisely, he or she will provide you with a pan that fits under the toilet rim for precise measurements.
Pads – If you are using absorbent pants or pads, it is important to note how often you need to change them.

General Well Being – It is also important to note your overall feeling of health during the day. If you are not feeling well and have symptoms like a headache, fever, cramping or nausea, it is important to note these feelings, as they may be important indicators of your incontinence’s underlying problem.
Women and Menstrual Cycle – Do not start a bladder diary during your monthly cycle, because it will be difficult to get a clear indication of how many pads you are using for incontinence and how many you are using for your period. Wait until your menstrual cycle is complete, and then begin your bladder diary.

Keeping a bladder diary can be very helpful for your doctor as he or she is trying to determine what is causing your incontinence problem. The more complete the information in the bladder diary is, the better diagnosis and treatment of the underlying problem causing your incontinence your doctor will be able to provide for you.

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