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Is a Small Bladder a Big Problem?

by Arkansas Urology on Monday, March 13, 2017

There's nothing worse than asking friends and family members to stop and pull over during long car trips several times so you can use the restroom. It's easy to assume that some bladders are just smaller than others. But is this reality?

It’s a real misconception that some people just have smaller bladders that cause them to make frequent bathroom visits. However, that’s rarely the cause of your issue. In healthy people, your bladder’s capacity ranges from one to two cups. Even if you have had part of your bladder removed surgically, your bladder will typically expand back to normal size.

It is possible to have a functionally small bladder where your bladder is more sensitive to the need to urinate. For most people, you will feel the need to go when your bladder is half-full. Most people can wait to use the restroom past this point until it’s a more convenient time. However, with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle seems to give the wrong message to the brain so you think you have to go a lot sooner than you do.

A symptom of overactive bladder is if you have to go to the restroom more often – more than seven times a day. If this is the case, you may want to consult with a urologist about the issue. A doctor can help you find the best treatment option for you, which can sometimes be simple lifestyle changes.

If you think you may have an issue with overactive bladder, give us a call at 1-877-321-8452 for an appointment or to speak to one of our providers.