When You Have to Go…NOW

March 10, 2023

As a woman, experiencing the sudden urge to pee can be uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. Whether you are at work, in public, or at a social gathering, it is important to know what to do in these situations to avoid any potential accidents.

Here are some tips on what a woman should do if you suddenly have the urge to pee:

  1. STOP and stand very still. SIT DOWN if you can. Don’t move. You need to stay very still to maintain control.
  2. RELAX. Take some nice deep breaths, letting your abdominal muscles relax, belly fill up with air…just like the deep belly breaths you may know and practice (or should be). Think about something other than having to go to the bathroom.
  3. GENTLY CONTRACT PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES. Be sure to make it a submax contraction (ie not as hard as you can). Hold for 2-3 seconds, then relax and repeat 3-4 times.
  4. DISTRACT YOUR MIND. Say the alphabet backwards or try counting backwards from 100 by 3; 4; 6; etc.
  5. FINALLY when you feel the urge go away somewhat, stand and calmly walk to the bathroom without rushing. Goal is to stay dry.

If the urge recurs on the way, stop and repeat the above process. Practice this first at home until you are able to suppress the urge and stay dry. Build up that confidence! Do not be discouraged if control is not immediate. It will take time to change years of habits.

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