6 Ways to Take Charge of Your Bladder Health

Available for Interviews: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist, an associate professor of urology & OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is an expert in women’s health and men & women’s sexual wellness.

What Dr. Eilber Can Say about
Bladder Health:

Do you find yourself always looking for that aisle seat? Is it because of frequent trips to the restroom, fear of losing bladder control, or actually even losing control? There are things that can be done to improve and prevent urinary issues.

  1. Pelvic floor exercises. Also known as Kegel exercises, regularly (i.e. daily) performing pelvic floor exercises can help with urinary urgency as well as improve loss of bladder control. 
  2. Avoid bladder irritants. Caffeine, carbonated drinks, and alcohol are the most common bladder irritants. They don’t have to be completely eliminated from the diet, but if you have urinary frequency and urgency and drink more than a cup or two of coffee a day or have several carbonated drinks, it’s probably a good idea to cut back.
  3. Limit fluids. Despite how ingrained it is that it’s necessary to drink eight glasses of water a day, there is absolutely no scientific basis behind that whatsoever. In general, your body will tell you when you need to drink by making you feel thirsty, much like all living creatures. 
  4. Timed voiding. If you find yourself having extreme urgency to urinate or even lose bladder control after more than a few hours, then get in the habit of preemptively going to the bathroom to avoid that from happening.
  5. Bladder training. On the other hand, if you go very often but don’t lose bladder control, you should “train” your bladder to go longer by gradually increasing the intervals between urination—think about it as stretching your bladder over time much like you would become more flexible by doing yoga stretching over time.
  6. CBD. CBD has muscle-relaxing effects, and I have had many patients tell me that this is helpful for their overactive bladder symptoms of frequency and urgency.


Interview: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist with sub-specialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and has over 20 years of experience taking care of women’s most intimate needs. She is an Associate Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is the Associate Program Director for the Cedars-Sinai Urology Residency Training Program. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Eilber served at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Urology Department, where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment.

​Dr. Eilber’s research focus has been in the field of urogynecology, and she has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. In addition to being a member and past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, Dr. Eilber is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital reconstruction, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Society of Women in Urology. She is also a Founding Medical Partner of Doctorpedia.

Dr. Eilber earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, which was an accelerated 3-year premedical program that allowed her to matriculate into the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (UCLA). She completed a general surgery internship, urology residency, and female pelvic medicine fellowship at UCLA. 

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