Patients coming to pelvic health physical therapy often have abnormalities with the bladder or bowel habits. And often, if these habits have been around for a while, it is difficult for someone to know what is normal. So what is a ‘normal’ bladder like?
-Voids aka peeing, should occur 5-8 times in 24 hours. That equates to voiding every 3-4 hours during the day
-Nighttime voiding should occur 0-1x per night, or 1-2x per night for those over 60 years old
-The average amount voided is about 200-250ml or 6-8 ounces
-Post-residual volume, aka the amount left in your bladder after a void should not exceed 50ml
-Maximum bladder capacity is 450-550ml or about 15-19 ounces
-The first sensation of fullness occurs at 100-250ml or about 3-8 ounces
-The typical desire to void occurs at 200-300ml or 6-10 ounces
-A strong urge to void occurs at 350-550ml or 11-18 ounces
-There should be no hesitation or difficulty initiating a stream
-A void should take about 8-12 seconds (increased age in men can lead to a natural slowing of stream and thus increase time to void)
Medications and medical diagnoses can sometimes lead to deviations from these norms. However, sometimes deviations from these norms can indicate a musculoskeletal or neuromuscular dysfunction at the pelvic floor. Seeing a pelvic health physical therapist can help return you back to these ‘norms’.
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