What is a bladder diary?
A bladder diary is essentially a daily record of your urination habits and activities that may have contributed to said habits. The diary should show:
Other names for bladder diary include: bladder journal, voiding journal, and voiding diary.
How can a voiding diary help with my incontinence?
A voiding diary provides valuable information about your bladder control, and helps you and your doctor identify a pattern of your urination output and possibly, the cause of your incontinence problems. For example, your doctor will be able to tell if you’re not drinking enough fluids or if certain foods are irritating your bladder.
Based on the diary results, your doctor will have a better understanding of your symptoms and can develop a bladder retraining program or behavior modification program designed specifically for you and your needs.
How long should I keep the diary for?
You should document your bladder function for at least three days; however some doctors may want a 7-day record. Ask your doctor to make sure, and be sure to ask whether or not the days have to be consecutive or not.
How should I complete the diary?
What should my bladder diary look like?
Here’s an example: