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  • How many cc's does average bladder HOLD?

    I never got my urodynamics records yet, but I will soon. I just wanted to know how much the average female bladder is supposed to hold? I know they normally give the number in cc's, and I want to convert that to fluid ounces and measure it myself until I get my results. (29.574cc=1 fluid ounce), I believe. Thank you.

  • #2
    I was told that my bladder will hold 500cc's and that the average is 1000cc's.


    • #3
      The normal female bladder holds about 500 or so cc's awake. Under anesthesia, a normal female bladder capacity is about 800-1000cc.

      *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
      *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
      *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
      *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

      **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


      • #4
        I'm assuming it holds about 500 cc's when you feel like you absolutely cannot hold it any longer. I was also wondering, when most of you go to the bathroom, how much do you usually void at that time, assuming it is a relatively normal trip to the bathroom (such as, you didn't have to hold it, or you are not just voiding a "little amount" to get relief). Thank you.


        • #5
          When I had my hysterectomy last Feb, my gyn did a hydro to make sure there was no damage and I held 70cc without all the fun IC showing it's face.


          • #6
            Sorry, I no longer have any idea what a "normal" trip to the bathroom would be like!
            Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
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            Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007

            On the Beach with IC


            • #7
              No, I'm not trying to be insensitive, I hardly have "normal" trips to the bathroom either, as do most IC sufferers. I just wanted to basically know the average amount of urine people generally void when they go to the bathroom.


              • #8
                Thanks Jen - These #'s are all over the board. That's what my doc said - approx. 500ccs awake, which equates to just over two cups. I'm tired of peeing into a cup to measure!


                • #9
                  november of 2005 my bladder held 200 cc's during a urodymantics test, and I retain 70 ccs of it.
                  'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'


                  • #10
                    my urologist and his team said 500 cc's is average - my bladder doesn't hold that much! Prior to my cystoscopy, I asked them how much they fill it up; they said they aim for the 500 cc's but if it doesn't hold that much to begin with, it will just come out when it's full, so they do it to the point your bladder can hold it without it coming right back out...


                    • #11
                      My uro filled me up to 450 cc's during the hydro; however, now I can hold more than that...average though is about 2 cups per potty visit (now that I am getting bettter but not in remission).
                      Onset of symtoms November 1, 2006

                      Diagnosed December 8, 2006 with cysto/hydrodistention... Gradual relief with elmiron around month two, keep feeling better and better. and then remission

                      2008 Update...still in remission

                      Diagnosis: IC
                      Meds: Elmiron 300mg/day, hydroxyzine 25 mg 1x/day

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                      • #12
                        I used to be able to void 200cc but now I am worse so average at 100cc if lucky! Most voids 50cc. However had urodynamics in November and could hold 400cc although never ever voided more than 300cc normally (when IC got better for a while)
                        IC diagnosis: Aug 2005
                        Symptoms: Urgency, urge and irritation and urethral symptoms
                        Flareup for 1 year til July 2007 (had constant urge and pain et al....)

                        Elmiron 100mg 3x daily April 2006 - present
                        Enablex 7.5mg nightly Sep 2007 -present
                        Atarax, Elavil 10mg nightly (Dec 2007)
                        Acupuncture - November 2007 - present

                        (Past meds for IC- Cystistat, Elavil 30mg, Ditropan, long term a/bs, Prednisolone, Cimetidine, Neurontin)


                        • #13
                          My records say that my bladder was filled to capacity of sustained intravsical pressure of 100cm of water for 2 full minutes then the bladder was emptied. Then it says the total bladder capacity was 300mL.


                          It also says that my mucosa was moderately hyperemic but no evidence of glomerulations. Is that possibly because he didn't fill my bladder past capacity?

                          Other issues were a "quite capacious" urethra and needing to go from a 21 french catheter to a 14 french because the irrigating fluid was leaking from around the cytoscope which made it necessary to apply pressure over the bladder neck and applying traction.

                          He diagnosed me with severe atypical Interstitial Cystitis.

                          Sounds neat. *rolleyes*

                          Sigh...anyone want to help with this?


                          • #14
                            That's strange. It says on my operative report that my bladder was slightly hyperemic, but no evidence of any glomerations either! But I never know what they "filled" my bladder to, since I am a newly diagnosed patient, I didn't think to ask at the time, but I am going to ask in about 2 weeks.


                            • #15
                              Before being treated for IC, My bladder would hold 550cc+. My urogyn would not fill it more than that. I retained 300cc. at that time.

                              After starting instillations I still have a capacity of more than 550cc but my retention is down to less than 125cc...results of urodynamics in Sept.
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