A record of your symptoms can be one of the most useful tools in diagnosing and treating bladder issues. When it comes to bladder issues, it can be challenging to say whether or not you are voiding “normal” or “abnormal” amounts. Here’s how you do it.
One of the easiest, but least thrilling, ways to track your urine output is to simply measure. A “urine hat” is a plastic device that sits on the toilet seat or in between the seat and frame. Every time you need to go you would void into the hat and record what line your urine goes up to. The numbers are easy to read, and you don’t have to move the hat until you’re ready to dump it into the toilet. At the end of the day you add up how many ccs of urine you voided and write the total for the day. Then you would take your findings over the course of a few typical days and bring it with you to your next appointment. (This system of recording urine output can also help track your progress as we begin treatment).
So, what’s normal and what’s abnormal? A healthy functioning bladder can hold up to about 300 ccs of urine before needing to be voided. So, if you can fill up to the 300 line, your bladder is doing pretty good. If you really have to go but only void 150 or 200 ccs, it suggests that your bladder is irritated and would really benefit from some treatment.
If you can’t find a “urine hat” for the toilet, check a medical supply store or even your local drugstore. You could also void into a cup and transfer it into a measuring device, but the hat is by far the simplest (and cleanest) method.