How can bladder stones be prevented?

  • It is best to drink plenty of fluids, especially if you are at risk of stones forming.
  • If you have an infection or feel like your bladder is not completely empty, try urinating 10 to 20 seconds after you urinate the first time. This is called double voiding.
  • If diet is related to stones, follow directions on how to eat.
  • Get medical help at the first sign of urinary problems.
  • Some studies have shown that men with enlarged prostates might be able to empty their bladders more completely if they sit when they urinate.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/21/2017.


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