For years, I've successfully used this slightly unorthodox method to stop the frequent need to urinate from interrupting my sleep.
Although I no longer work in the medical field, I want to note that while this article may seem like medical advice, it really is not.
It is not meant to replace your doctor's medical advice.
Always consult your physician first. After following your treatment plan, if you find that you are still getting up alot during the night, you may want to follow the steps in this article. Don't be surprised if you find that you want to share your results (and this method) with your doctor—and please do.
What you will read in this article is what has worked for me—and countless others with whom I have shared this method—for the last 30+ years. I know it will work for you, but please don't replace your doctor's advice with anything you read here. You can use this method in addition to your doctor's treatment plans and you will have no side effects.
With this lifestyle change, I promise that you will have fewer trips to the bathroom (day and night) and less chance of urinary tract infections (UTI's).
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What Can Cause Frequent Urination?
Recurrent UTI's are very annoying.
Frequently getting up during the night to urinate is annoying, too. Although this is usually caused by some type of infection, the good news is that your symptoms won't always be due to a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Sometimes it's just because of the bad habits we develop—holding urine in, not wanting to use a public bathroom (or someone else's bathroom), body positioning, frequently using over-the-counter sanitary wipes to cleanse, or maybe some unusual health habits (e.g. incorrect wiping, unclean hands, or even no wiping).
Assuming your doctor has ruled out other causes for your frequent urination, such as kidney disease, dropped bladder, UTI, cystitis, kidney diseases, etc., I may have some useful suggestions for you.
A Good Night's Sleep
Because I have multiple sclerosis, all my urine didn't always come out completely each time. I would no sooner get back in bed and minutes later would feel the urge to run to the bathroom again. As shown to me on my ultrasound, sometimes as much as two tablespoons would remain in the bladder, stubborn to come out, which led to more trips to the bathroom than desired.
Because of this lack of output, the offered remedy was to use self-catheterization several times per day and night so that my bladder would be completely empty. Sometimes, the time and place just weren't convenient.
I was always tired because of getting up 6 to 8 times a night to go to the bathroom. Something had to change.
Sometimes the residual urine caused a urinary tract infection, and I had to take more prescriptions, which I'm not a fan of.
Thirty or more years ago, when I learned to use ergonomics to go to the bathroom, it was so I wouldn't have to self-catheterize. There was always a risk of getting more infections from self-catheterizing, not because it was unclean, but because it was invasive, often scraping the urethra and causing irritation (no matter how much lubricant was used).
This method was the answer to my prayers. All I wanted was to get a good night's sleep.
Before you begin: For both males and females—always sit down on the toilet. That, and proper body positioning, is the only way this method will work effectively. Relax and be patient with each step. As you are sitting in your chair reading this article, do the positions so you can get the hang of what your positioning needs to be when on toilet.
- Settle yourself on the toilet, and sit up straight—don't slouch! If your arms are leaning on your knees, sit up!
- Keeping your upper body straight, but not rigid, and with your feet planted about 4 to 6 inches apart, release urine in this erect position. Remember to breathe normally—don't hold your breath.
- When you think your urine stream is done, don't wipe or get up right away. If no urine came out, give it another minute for the urine to adjust to the new positioning.
- Now, keeping your upper body straight, lean slightly forward so that your hips are at about a 15o angle. Relax in this position for 60-90 seconds and allow any additional urine to flow while breathing normally. If your belly touches your legs, you are leaning too far forward.
- Don't forcefully push the urine out. It will come out naturally if you are relaxed and if you breath normally.
- When it seems like you are done, come back to upright position
- Still keeping your upper body straight (not slouching), lean back against the toilet lid like you are going to put your head on a headrest, and let any more urine release. When finished, go back to your center upright position again.
- Now, keeping your upper body straight and erect (not rigid), from your waist only, you want to lean very slightly toward your left side, make like you are reaching for something with your right hand, lifting only your right buttock off the toilet seat about 1 to 1 1/2 inches.
- Hold this position for 60 seconds in relax mode while releasing urine and breathing normally. When done, come back to center position.
- Repeat with the other side. Leaning to the right doesn't usually release as much urine as leaning to the left, but do it anyway. Starting from the center again, keeping upper body straight and erect (not rigid), now slightly lean to your right side, make like you are reaching for something with your left hand, lifting only the left buttock up about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Breathe normally
- Now sit up straight and slightly lean forward one last time for 15 seconds to allow any remaining urine to pass.
- Sit for about 30 seconds in upright center position in case there is any more urine to release. Breathe normally.
- Wipe from front to back with unscented toilet paper.
And you are done!
You should be comfortable for 4-6 hours, barring any excess fluid intake. The first few times you do this, it will take you 5-8 minutes at the toilet. Once you get the hang of it, you will know how long to hold positions for your body size and bladder habits. It will likely take less than 3 or 4 minutes to complete steps.
Be patient. Hurrying through this will mean more trips to the bathroom later because you haven't completely emptied out your bladder.
Uninterrupted, Restful Sleep
Okay, I know after reading the above steps that you may think this method sounds silly and will look absolutely absurd, but who cares? It works!
I moderate several health-related websites, and many people have written to tell me they used to get up to go to the bathroom five or six times during the night, interrupting restful sleep. After I shared this method with them, they wrote back to tell me of their amazement of getting continuous hours of sleep just by following these instructions before going to bed.
If you use this method when you get up in the morning, you can be assured of 4 or more hours of bladder comfort during your waking hours.
During the day, you move around more, and the bladder is more active than at nighttime. I, myself, use this method every single time I go to the bathroom so that I only relieve my bladder four times a day when previously it was 10 to 15 times a day. And, I still drink the same six to eight bottles of water per day, mostly because I have dry mouth from my medications and I need to stay hydrated.
Ways to Relieve Painful or Burning Sensations
- Usually, drinking more water will help with burning and pain. Stick to bottled or filtered water so you know you are getting pure water with little or no risk of exposure to amoeba, parasites, or chemicals coming from faucet water.
- Cranberry juice or tablets are excellent remedies and have been used for decades. Check with a doctor to make sure it doesn't contradict with any other medication you are taking.
- Some people find relief from cool baths. However, most people agree that it only feels good during the bath. Hey,it is still something that feels good, so do it anyway. Comfort first. Use no additives in the bath water. If you want to use Epsom salts, make sure they are unscented. Lavender is popular, but don't get tempted by the scents.
Any of the above remedies usually needs a companion remedy in order to help relieve any abdominal pain, burning, and discomfort. None will work alone to totally get rid of your symptoms.
To help with the burning, you can also use any over-the-counter (OTC) products (e.g. Cystex, Azo, etc.) However, many doctors will prescribe Pyridium along with antibiotics. If your doctor does not order it, you may want to ask for a prescription for it, especially if your health insurance covers it. Always ask for free samples of any medications your doctor orders for you.
- Pyridium eliminates bladder spasms and that twingy pain while urinating. However, it also turns your urine bright reddish-orange. It will stain your underwear and the toilet bowl, which is why I advise to always spray the bowl after each use with any bleach-based bathroom cleaner. Important: With continuous use, Pyridium can be toxic to the liver and kidneys—but, it is fine if used for two to four days.
- For that reason, doctors usually only order a small number of Pyridium—about 10-12 pills to cover the crucial first two to four days. This is so the patient doesn't overdo it or accidentally misuse the product. Rarely do they allow refills of this medication because a patient can be tempted to self-prescribe every time they feel a twinge.
- Pyridium should always be used along with an antibiotic since it does not get rid of a UTI on its own. It only helps you over the hump when the urinary pain is at its worse. You need an antibiotic (along with lots of water) to flush out the Pyridium and any infection.
Usually, by the second day of a UTI, the antibiotic has kicked in, and Pyridium is no longer needed. If your doctor gives you enough Pyridium for three days, take it for the whole three days. If you stop Pyridium before the antibiotic has had a chance to start working, you will be calling the doctor for a Pyridium refill and will possibly have to endure a second round of antibiotics to kick the UTI.
To determine if you need (or want) Pyridium, for your next UTI, go through treatment using only your prescribed antibiotics and no Pyridium. Keep some notes on how you are feeling and the amount of urine output for those first two days.
Then, for your next UTI, ask your doctor for a three day supply of Pyridium (200 mg tabs is the norm for patients under 200 pounds) and take as prescribed—usually, one every 6 hours, just for the first two days.
Again, keep some notes on pain and urine output—then, compare. I don't think you will have to look at your notes because you will know after the first day of Pyridium that the comfort it provides is far preferable to using antibiotics alone.
Important Note About Medication
A reminder to anyone who takes bladder medications, such as Detrol LA, to restrict urine output and to cut down bathroom visits—I'm talking about the drugs that slow or cut down urine output, not medications, like Lasix, which increase urine output:
- When you get a UTI, the last thing you want to do is restrict urine output.
- Consult your doctor first. Ask if you can discontinue Detrol LA (or similar medication) while you are treating the UTI and resume once you have recovered.
- Detrol LA (and newer drugs like it) restrict the number of times you go to the bathroom as well as the amount of urine output. While on a physician prescribed antibiotic treatment plan for a UTI, ask if it would be best to stop all drugs that cause you to hold or retain urine.
- Always consult your doctor first before you make changes in your medication schedule.
1. Only Drink Plain Water
The trick to moving UTI's out of your body quickly is to drink plenty of water—not just any liquids—but regular water, preferably bottled or filtered water. By drinking more water—yes, it's true that you will urinate more frequently—but the infection will also move out of your body that much quicker.
- Avoid citrus and 100% juices when treating a UTI—the acid will increase the burning feeling—but others like Hi-C or 10% juices are fine.
- From dinner time onward, try to limit your intake of caffeine (tea, coffee, or energy drinks), juices (any), or alcoholic drinks since they can cause you to urinate more often.
- I know I am saying it a lot but stick to drinking just water—bottled or filtered water (Brita, PUR, etc.). The average is about three 16-ounce bottles, spread out over your day.
- Stop drinking everything about two hours before your bedtime. Make a trip to the bathroom the last thing you do before going to sleep. Use the above ergonomic method and I promise—you will sleep.
- Don't keep a glass of water on your bedside table. Just because it is there, you will be more inclined to drink during the night, causing you to get up more to go to the bathroom.
- If you have dry mouth, keep moistened Q-Tip type swabs in a Ziploc plastic bag on your bedside table to swab the inside of your mouth or your lips, but no water containers. Pre-moistened lemon swabs also are available at your pharmacy.
With Pyridium, if your urination is still burning, painful, and/or intermittent after the first 24 hours of use, it doesn't necessarily mean the medication isn't working. It's more likely because either you are not drinking enough water or you are not taking enough Pyridium. 200mg is recommended if you weigh under 200 pounds, 400mg is recommended if you weigh more than 200 pounds. But you have to drink regular water to keep it moving through your body to numb up the burning sensation.
2. Keep Your Toilet Area Clean
- When done urinating, always wipe from front to back. Make sure you do not use scented toilet paper or use those toilet paper holders that have a freshener or deodorizer inside
- Men—if you see dribbles, blot—don't wipe.
- Always wash your hands after using the toilet.
- If your toilet is stained with Pyridium-laced urine, spray with Lysol or another brand name of bleach. Cover up the toilet paper roll and your hand towels to avoid getting the Lysol spray on them. You would be surprised to see how far powders and aerosol sprays travel onto the very items you are trying to keep free of scents.
These tips will keep the area around your toilet from becoming contaminated with scents. It is just as important to be careful with cleaning these areas as it is to use scent-free toilet paper.
If you use dusting powder or body sprays, I strongly advise you to stop using them. But, if you must, make sure you have underwear on and pulled up, so no powder can find its way inside the pants. Body sprays have no business being sprayed in the genital region, and they will hinder all that hard work you are doing in trying to get well.
If you use body wash in the shower, make sure your genital region is the last place you thoroughly rinse before getting out of the shower. Change the body wash puff at least once a month to avoid accumulating and spreading bacteria.
3. Put the Lid Down When You Flush
Experts say the water vapor and spray from flushing can reach as high as six feet in the air, contaminating toilet paper, towels, and everything else you are trying to keep clean. Why is that lid up anyway? You don't need to watch your duty go down the toilet. Only children feel the need to watch. Put the lid down.
Something else to consider if you want to get well and stay well is your storage areas.
If the only storage space for your only cleaning products is in the bathroom, start looking around for another room or closet near the bathroom. Maybe you can store everything under the kitchen sink and only keep one bottle of spray bleach on the toilet tank or on the floor next to the toilet to use after each toilet use.
If you continue to store your cleaning products in the same area as your toilet paper and tissues, you will never get the full benefits of these suggestions.
4. Reduce or Eliminate Your Exposure to Scents and Cleaners
So many items are scented these days that sometimes, we tend to overlook it.
- We use the air freshener when we exit the bathroom.
- We keep a deodorizer inside the rim of the toilet.
- We use bleach tablets in the tank to keep the bowl and water clean.
- We spray the bathroom just before guests come (and it drifts down to land on the once sanitary toilet paper).
Keep track of the hygienic paper products you use.
- Are your bathroom paper products perfumed?
- Are bathroom paper products (toilet paper, sanitary napkins, individual paper towels) stored in an area where you also store cleaning products?
- Do you use scented feminine products (e.g. douches, sanitary pads, etc.)?
- Do you use body powder? Does it get all over everything when you use it?
- Do you wear nylon clothing close to the skin without a layer of cotton underneath—scented or unscented?
- Do you skip wearing underwear altogether so that your peri-area is right next to your jeans or pants?
- Do you use fabric softeners in your laundry? If so, that means your bathroom towels are scented, and you can transfer that scent to your hands when drying them. For the sake of your health, stop using the dryer sheets, especially during your sick time. Put a roll of paper towel or a box that dispenses paper towel one at a time (Kleenex brand has them 30 to a box).
- Do you use a scented toilet paper holder (with those little crystals inside) that rolls out pleasant smells when someone uses the toilet paper? That scent remains on the toilet paper and your hands when you go to wipe.
- Do you use toilet paper that has a decorative, colored print or funny advertising on the sheets? Some are very pretty, especially holiday art, but the ink can be toxic when in contact with body fluids.
- Do you store your Kleenex facial tissues in the bathroom? Are they near any scented products? Sometimes people will use tissues to wipe when there's no toilet paper.
- If aloe vera is listed as an ingredient on Kleenex or Puffs, it is the same as using scented toilet paper.
Note: If you spray Lysol, perfume, aerosol deodorant, hairspray, or other spray products in the bathroom, cover the toilet paper so you don't transfer the scent to the paper! Cover the guest towels, too.
5. Keep a Food Diary
After scented products, some foods are often the biggest culprit for irritation and infections. I found that cinnamon was my personal culprit. It seemed that when I treated myself to homemade chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake with cinnamon in the crust, or anything that had cinnamon as an ingredient, within a few days I had a urinary tract infection, as verified by a laboratory urinalysis.
It took more than three months for me to figure this out because of the many ingredients in foods. For you, it could be anything from caffeine products to citrus fruits. You have to keep track of your diet to figure it out. Read your labels, keep a food diary—write down everything! See if your UTI trigger is food-related. A food diary is a great way to narrow this down.
6. Empty Your Bladder Before And After Sexual Intercourse
There is nothing worse than frequent urination to put a damper on your sex life.
Even worse is if you get a UTI shortly after having sex—you might blame it on your partner and think you "picked up" something from them.
That might not be so. It might just be a case of poor planning. Use the method in this article before having sex and you will be much more comfortable both right after sex and the morning after.
- Always empty your bladder before sex and, just as importantly, again after sex. Make this a habit! Once you do the method a few times, you will be able to do it in about two minutes total. The first few times, it will take you about 6 to 8 minutes until you get the hang of it.
- Urinating before and after sex helps to eliminate the re-occurrence of that "Oh, I think I'm getting a UTI" feeling the morning after sex. Everyone (male and female) has experienced this at least once.
- There is no sense in treating what you think is a UTI when, in fact, it is just an irritated bladder from sexual intercourse.
- Follow this method, as noted above, drink more water throughout the day after sex, and you should be fine.
Burning Feeling After Sex
7. Constipation Can Make You Feel Like You Have a UTI
If you are constipated and are experiencing urinary urgency or retention problems, you might feel that little twinge that makes you think a UTI is starting. However, after you move your bowels, does the twinge goes away?
Make sure what you are feeling is really a UTI brewing and not a result of the following:
- Having to move your bowels
- Relieving yourself before and after sex
- Holding your urine or stool inside, for whatever reason
If you have to go—go. Don't hold it in. Use a diaper or a Johnny or Jane bottle. There are also other remedies mentioned in this article to help you on car rides, especially if you have a driver who won't stop every time you need to go. Have "the talk" with your driver so they understand the importance of your situation!
In the case of constipation or long periods of inactivity, a stool softener may help. A stool softener does not make you go—it just makes it easier to go. Don't be afraid to take one every other day if you notice hard stools. Stool softeners also protect rectum, vagina, and urethra from the irritation of hard stool pressing down on their mucous membranes. Softened stool waiting to evacuate doesn't cause as much pressure on the rectal area as a hard stool.
How To Perform Intermittent Self-Catheterization
- 10 Steps to Self-Catheterization | Shield HealthCare
10 steps with photos on how to perform self-catheterization with an intermittent catheter.
Intermittent Self-Catheterization Is an Alternative Method
Neurogenic bladders often do not empty completely, and that is the reason why most people with multiple sclerosis or other diseases that affect bladder control must self-catheterize.
The first few times you do this will be hit-or-miss until you get to know where your urethra is located in your anatomy.
Men won't have a problem finding their urethra. For women, it's not as easy to find, especially when you are aiming a catheter at it. You have to practice because women come in all shapes and sizes, and it's not in the same spot for each one of us.
The position you assume to self-catheterize can be awkward and, if in the company of others or enlisting aid, it can be embarrassing. But sometimes, you need another set of hands to help you, so don't hesitate to ask a special someone.
Self-catheterization should be viewed as a last resort—you don't want to go there if you don't have to. First, try the ergonomic method at the top of this article for at least a month. If you have to self-catheterize, experiment a little with different positions to find what works best for you. It will certainly require some getting used to also.
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Self-Catheterization Has Its Pros and Cons
- Hours of comfort
- More continuous restful sleep during the night
- Less embarrassing moments
- Possibly re-infecting yourself by using less-than-clean conditions and reusing catheters.
- Self-catheters should be used once, and then thrown away. Bedside bags can be re-used but tubing should be discarded after one use to avoid spreading bacteria.
- Cost can be a factor if your insurance doesn't cover the cost.
The new small self-catheterizing devices that are advertised to go in your pocket or purse are ideal when away from home on short outings. However, they can get expensive because you are paying for the convenience. They are about the size of your thumb and come in packs of six. They work only for urine that is on its way out, waiting right down at the exit, not for urine that is actually way up inside the bladder.
If the new small devices are to your liking, use them. Otherwise, using intermittent catheterization with a straight cath has been the age-old practice for patients to feel completely empty.
Using the ergonomic method in this article should eliminate, or cut down, the use of any kind of catheterization.
Please don't give up on the method after a few tries. The times stated on each of the steps are estimates. Adjust the times to what is comfortable for you. If you see results sooner than my times given, alter the method to what works for you. Sometimes people see results sooner than the time estimates I gave, and that's because we are all different in bladder and body sizes.
Catheters vs. Johnny or Jane Bottles
At some point, many people who aren't able to go to the bathroom on their own will find the urine just trickled out by itself, leaving them wet. You need to find ways to keep dry. Many patients resign themselves to the fact that they need a catheter in place all the time. Catheters can be intra-urethral or super-pubic (inserted through a tube in the belly).
Some people find that having a catheter in place during a long car ride, plane ride, etc. assisted by a leg or belly bag can be most comfortable and reduce bathroom stops, thus making the driver happy. A Johnny or Jane bottle is also good to keep handy.
As for sleeping, catheters connected to a bed bag (drop bag), will most certainly eliminate bathroom trips and allow for a full restful night's sleep.
I use a bed bag every time I get a UTI so that I don't have to get up and run to the bathroom only to find a few painful drops have eeked out. A catheter is very helpful during treatment of a UTI. I usually use it for two nights—then, I go back to my ergonomic method above.
Restful sleep is paramount when you are sick like that. You can choose to take the catheter out each morning but it's best to leave it in for the whole two days/nights.
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Remember—if you like scented toilet paper and want to keep it in your bathroom, then just put it out when you have company or for the holidays.
Keep a separate, unscented, and unprinted roll for yourself. Don't share it with anyone and put it away when you are done using it so it doesn't stay in the bathroom. Again, do not store it where it can come in contact with sprays, powders, soaps, air fresheners, cleaning fluids, etc.
If you visit other people's houses and are not sure of what kind of toilet paper they have, keep a supply of unscented tissues in your pocket or purse (in a plastic bag, if possible).
Tissues can serve the same purpose as toilet paper and are far safer than taking a chance on what kind of paper is being supplied in other people's homes. Check tissue label for aloe vera content and other moisturizing additives—you want plain, unscented, and untreated tissues or toilet paper.
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Questions & Answers
Question: I recently told my PCP that I can't empty my bladder unless I lean to the left. This has been happening for years. I don't have any neurological disorder. She wants me to see a urologist. This is the only place I have found anything close to what I'm experiencing. Im 47, had 2 vaginal births... but this started way after that. Any insight?
Answer: Thank you for your question. I am surprised your PCP even acknowledged the "lean" because most doctors don't even consider it an option. You said you don't have any neurological disorders, but if you don't completely empty your bladder, you do. You have a neurogenic bladder that doesn't completely empty.
The reason could be an underlying cause like an autoimmune disease that hasn't been detected yet. But since you are sure you don't have one, then perhaps you need to consider that it could be a physical cause, for example: if you had a lot of weight gain with your pregnancies so that your stomach, bladder, or colon didn't go back to their proper state of elasticity. You'll know if that's the case by whether you have a muffin top that sits high up on your belly.
If you have a high stomach that looks like a hiatal hernia, it can cause you to have issues staying empty.
If you have IBS or some form or irritable bowel symptoms, or if your weight fluctuates up and down, that could be another cause.
If you have a Vitamin D3 deficiency, that's another cause.
If you are a runner/jogger, the shifting and impact of running can cause the bladder to become neurogenic.
I knew a girl who used to do yoga - one of the simplest forms of relaxation - and some of the poses caused her to have to get up and run to the bathroom because of the twisting.
I knew another 37 year old mom of 3 who loved doing water aerobics - it was her respite time away from her kids lol - and she would empty her bladder before getting in the pool and have to go again 30 minutes later when the class was over.
There is no explanation for why our bodies do the things they do. This article is simply pointing out an efficient way to be completely empty without having to resort to medications like Detrol or Detrol LA to dry up urine. Using drugs that have drying agents also dries up other body fluids, causes dry eyes, and the body risks dehydration.
The method outlined in the article absolutely works and the more you do it, the less you have to think about it -- leaning will become a habit. I can't tell you that you will be able to stop doing this method anytime soon. It is entirely likely you will have to do it forever. But that's ok because it beats being on medication for it or catheterizing. There are people who send private messages to say they have been doing this since it was first published back in the 1970's, so they've been doing it for 30 to 40 years because it is the only thing that makes them completely empty.
You can go see the urologist and let them do their tests, but I can tell you the only thing they have to offer you is a Detrol type drug, a diet that includes salt and fluid restriction, and timed toileting habits. You are still going to feel like you aren't completely empty, so the urologist's "remedy" doesn't take care of the problem because you will still feel uncomfortable. Using the urologist's suggestions with timed toileting and restrictions, you will still have to go back to the bathroom 15 to 60 minutes later to go again.
Do the method in the order as outlined in the article with the breathing. Give it a try for 2 to 3 weeks. See how many times you get up during the night or how many potty runs you make during the day. Your goal is to see improvement where you are able to get through the night with getting up two times or less and get through the day by going only four times or less. Stop drinking two hours before bed. If it all works for you, then you don't need medication or timed toileting or fluid restriction. You only need to listen to your body telling you that it wants you to come up with a better solution. I believe this is that solution.
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awordlover (author) on July 07, 2014:
You are lucky and it sounds like the water is working for you. As I've said to others, if you ever find yourself going more often to the bathroom, I hope you'll give awordlover's method a try. She knew her stuff when it came to medical issues.
Thank you for reading and commenting,
awordlover (author) on July 07, 2014:
UTI's are never fun for anyone. I'm glad your "fix" works for you and if you ever find yourself going to urinate more frequently, I hope you'll give awordlover's method a tryout. She has reached many with this article and I've seen it copied into many other forums and websites, so there must be something to it. Thank you for reading and for your comment.
Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on July 07, 2014:
A very interesting article. I am lucky as I never get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. However I have family members who are Diabetics and often do get up. UTI's are very frequent for some of my family members, however I drink a lot of water all day and night, so I have been lucky. Thanks for the information.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 06, 2014:
Interesting information. I usually have to get up once a night, rarely more often. It doesn't matter, because I don't sleep well anyway, between stress-induced insomnia (financial situation and hubby's health issues), so there's nothing to be done about that. No medication will fix those causes.
I do keep water next to my bed because I do wake up parched at some point every night. Usually several times. However, I don't drink a lot; I take but a tiny sip just to wet my whistle. Swabs?? Out of the question. The cats would think they were something to play with at 2:a.m., baggie or not! ;-) (and no, I won't shut the cats out of my room; their presence is soothing to me.)
I've had UTI's a few times in my life. My feeling on the topic? Never again is too soon.
What worked for me was using a combination of cranberry juice, yogurt, and goldenseal herb capsules. Infection and symptoms gone faster than with the antibiotics the doc prescribed. So, if it ever happens again, that will be my fall-back. Cathing? Oh, hell no! Not going to happen unless I'm unconscious in the hospital.
Voted up, interesting and useful.
awordlover (author) on July 06, 2014:
Hi Audrey, Thank you for pinning this hub. This hub was chosen for Editor's Choice the first week HP started the EC program and has enjoyed over 81,000 views. I agree that she sure knew her stuff! Thanks for your praise :)
Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 06, 2014:
Hi - This hub by awordlover explains thoroughly how to control the bladder and prevent urges during the night. Everybody needs to read this hub, because the advice is more thorough than any physician I know. The extra methods used are foolproof and may prevent infections and solve many problems. She is very knowledgable. Pinning this hub. Blessings, Audrey
MySwanSong on September 27, 2013:
I am so impressed by this hubber and the information here, that I wrote a hub declaring to all the world (or at least to hubpages world) how wonderful I think this method is. It works and it works consistently as long as you are consistent. It has been more than a week since I first wrote here, and I have never been more comfortable. I sleep 4 to 5 hours at a time at night and only go to the bathroom every 4 to 5 hours during the day. I no longer have to rush to a department store bathroom and my leakage has dwindled down to almost nothing. I did self-cath one time this whole week and that was only because I thought maybe there was some residual left behind. But I was wrong, I was empty and continue to be empty after each time using this method.
Of all the doctors, medications, exercises, surgeries and suggestions that I have paid for over the years to professionals, this is the one that worked. Thank you so much for writing this hub.
awordlover (author) on September 22, 2013:
Thank you MySwanSong for your enthusiastic comment. So glad this worked for you and that you are getting uninterrupted sleep. Many people find this technique helpful and it only takes a few minutes each time you go. I see you are a new hubber, welcome to Hubpages.
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awordlover (author) on September 22, 2013:
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MySwanSong on September 19, 2013:
I self-cath every day because my bladder doesn't empty completely. I had to read this hub a couple of times to grasp it all. I tried this technique yesterday and I must say, this is an awesome bit of information and it worked well for me. Usually I self cath after each time I go because it always seemed that there was more to come out. But yesterday, I tried this and I only cathed once all day and hardly anything came out with the catheter that time. Last night, I tried this again because usually I am up four or more times every night and miracle of miracles, I was only up to go twice. I haven't slept so much in a few years. My husband says I might be on to a cure for better sleep if I can keep this up. Thank you so much for sharing your information with us. I have to tell you, that like all the other commenters, This Really Works! Try It! Thank you awordlover.
Laura on May 09, 2013:
Thankyou that was really helpful I shall try the different positionings on toilet as I frequently need to go but I think that is because my bladder isn't emptying properly.
awordlover (author) on January 18, 2013:
TYVM Senior. I hope it helps you in your quest for comfort.
Thank you for reading and I hope you'll take a look at my other hubs to see if there is anything of interest to you :-)
awordlover (author) on January 18, 2013:
@ Pat J. I'm sorry I didn't see your comment until now. You wrote:
"You said when you get a UTI you put in a Foley Catheter at night.
Do you insert that yourself? Inflate balloon and attach tubing???"
***Yes, after the first 2 or 3 times, it becomes easy. You attach the tubing first, then after it is in place, inflate the balloon according to the size printed on the catheter...usually 5ml.
You asked, "Where do you get Foley? I just receive speedi-cath!!!"!
*** Foley catheters are available from any medical supply house or if you are on Medicare or Medicaid, you may be eligible for supplies free of charge. Speedi-cath is good for when you are away from the house or at any time you don't need an indwelling catheter. It is the easy answer to straight-cath where you cath just to empty the bladder. Try the techniques listed in my hub and see if you can avoid cathing at all.
Thank You for writing and please stop back and update soon.
Senior Christian on January 18, 2013:
EXCELLENT INFORMATION - THANK YOU!!!
Pat J on October 05, 2012:
You said when you get a UTI you put in a Foley Catheter at night.
Do you insert that yourself? Inflate balloon and attach tubing???
Where do you get Foley? I just receive speedi-cath!!!!
awordlover (author) on August 20, 2012:
Hi Lisa Randolph - This tried and true method has prompted so many people to write to me for which I am grateful. It is a very serious subject and afflicts people from all walks of life. There is no timetable and it can happen to anyone. Thank you for bookmarking it and for your comment.
Lisa Randolph on July 16, 2012:
Very Very informative .. Easy to understand. I would pass this along to anyone I know that is having these type problems!!!! :). Thank you so much for sharing.
awordlover (author) on February 16, 2012:
If you use positioning as described in this hub, you more than likely will put off self-catheterizing for a very long time. @ UTI, keep a food diary and find out what triggers it. Keep in touch. TYVM for stopping by. :-)
Tams R from Missouri on February 16, 2012:
I've definitely resorted to the tilt forward and sideways maneuver. Thankfully, I haven't gotten to the point of self cath yet. Great advice! I'd rather never have another urinary tract surgery. Every little bit helps.
awordlover (author) on October 13, 2011:
@ Hunter. Thank you for your endorsement about the information I provided. Yes, Suggestion #1 works but you have to take your time and not rush. Regarding more info because of your wrestling activities and water weight, I suggest you contact your physician who can prescribe medication for a few weeks a month to help you with that problem. The weeks you are not on medication, Suggestion #1 is the way to go.
Good luck to you. Please stop back and let us know how you are doing.
awordlover (author) on October 13, 2011:
@ poshxxx - If you take your time while doing Suggestion # 1 above in my post, you will get positive results. Make sure you are relaxed, take a book with you to the toilet if you have to, but relax and follow the steps.
Self cathing if not done under sterile (at least clean) conditions will almost always lead to a bad infection. My method listed above should eliminate the need for self cathing (or at least cut down the need). If you are getting reoccurring infections from it, then I suggest you have someone help you to maintain clean sterile conditions. Worse case scenario would be a permanent catheter. But I do not use one unless I get a UTI because Suggestion #1 above really does work! Good luck to you and please stop back and post on your progress.
awordlover (author) on October 13, 2011:
@ Sally Bugg - thank you for letting me know of your positive results. I hope more people take the time to actually do SUGGESTION #1 above - take their time doing it - and they will get positive results too.
Thank you for stopping by,
SALLY BUGG on July 11, 2011:
I TRIED THE LEANING SIDEWAYS , AND IT REALLY WORKS !!!!FIRST TIME MY BLADDER HAS EMPTED ...
poshxxx on January 25, 2011:
my bladder doesn't emputy so need to no what to do if i myself has to do it have tryed self catheter but every ...time got a bad water infec .. back night mare help...
hunter on November 16, 2010:
this info works i am 14, i went trew cancer with a tumor on my spine and ever since i have to self cath and it doesn't really work any more.So i neeed something new besides cathing.And i need some more info because i wrestle and if i have to much water wieght on my body and over my wieght class i can not wrestle so plz contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org