When you have bladder issues, you might feel less encouraged to drink a lot of water, because you feel that this increases your problem by having to urinate more often. On the contrary not drinking enough can make your symptoms worse. Instead you should time your intake as well as your bathroom visits to gain better control. Urine that is more concentrated from not drinking enough fluids may contribute to bladder irritability, bladder spasms and may contribute to the growth of bacteria in the urine.
Drinking lots of fluid can help flush out bacteria. Water is best option, but fruit juices can count for some of your fluid needs. Most people should try for 6-8-oz glasses of water per day (or 1.5 -2 liters) – unless your healthcare provider says otherwise.
Always check with your healthcare provider, as some medical conditions require fluid restrictions
When you travel or participate in sports, you might feel like drinking less, because you are afraid of leaking urine or don’t want to catheterize at inappropriate times. But, drinking more fluids is even more important during these times. If you travel in hot climates or sweat during physical exercise you risk becoming dehydrated
Not drinking adequately can also result in constipation, which affects your general health and may also affect your bladder health.