Empty Bladder More Easily – How to Empty Your Bladder (Online Video)

Empty your bladder and overcome incomplete bladder emptying with this short instructional video by Michelle Kenway Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.

This online video teaches women how to empty bladder contents effectively without straining and includes:

  • Correct seated position for emptying the bladder;
  • How to relax the pelvic floor muscles with bladder emptying;

Techniques for overcoming incomplete bladder emptying;

  • How to improve urinary flow with voiding; and
  • How to avoid straining to completely empty bladder contents.

Video duration: 2 minutes

Note: to ensure smooth viewing of the video, it is recommended that you press on this play arrow and then when the video starts loading you press the ‘pause’ button until you can see that the entire video has loaded. This will help avoid the video stopping to load while you watch.


This information video is suited to women seeking information about overcoming:

  • Bladder retention or urinary retention problems;
  • Bladder dysfunction including slow flow and incomplete emptying;
  • Recent bladder repair surgery;
  • Recent pelvic surgery including after a hysterectomy and after pelvic prolapse repair;
  • Chronic bladder infection associated with inability to completely empty bladder contents;
  • Bladder emptying difficulty after recent childbirth;
  • Bladder problems with pelvic pain and increased pelvic floor muscle tension; and
  • Interstitial cystitis.

Please note: bladder emptying problems can result from a range of medical causes and may require medical intervention. In the case of undiagnosed bladder emptying problems, please consult your medical practitioner. This video information must not be considered a substitute for medical consultation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Michelle Kenway

Michelle Kenway is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and author of Inside Out – the Essential Women’s Guide to Pelvic Support, along with Dr Judith Goh Urogynaecologist. The Inside Out exercise DVD and book show women how to strengthen the pelvic floor and exercise effectively with pelvic floor safe exercises.Inside Out Book & DVD

We Welcome Your Comments



  1. I was having urinary retention problem after delivery and used catheter for almost 1 month now I can pee but i am unable to completely empty my bladder. Can you please help me. I am very tensed about it

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Shreya
      I’m sorry to hear of your bladder problems. This really is an issue for your specialist. Using the technique in this video leaning forward and bulging the abdominal wall is important. Some women find that standing and sitting repeatedly can help them to empty more completely. It’s also important not to overfill the bladder when the catheter is removed.

    • Great ,thanks you so much

  2. hi i am a young woman of 27 years old i have bladder problems. my bladder problems are i dont feel the urge too pee. i just going and empty my bladder with no feeling. i hope somebody here can help me this is frustairing !

  3. Hello Michelle:
    I wonder if you can help me.
    I have trouble emptying my bladder completely due to anxiety which then causes me so much in the pelvic area and the tummy.
    Have been checked — everything is normal.
    Mostly I have difficulty releasing the last few drops which does not allow the muscles to relax and therefore it triggers pain all over.
    I will appreciate your feedback. I have watched your video but it does not help me because of my anxiety state.

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Sally

      Have you done any breathing and relaxation training? Sometimes something as simple as relaxed deep breathing can help to relax the pelvic floor and deep abdominals. With anxiety there can be a tendencey to overbrace some muscles including the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Learning to relax these muscles is vital for complete bladder emptying. This pelvic floor and whole body relaxation CD may be useful to you in helping you to manage both problems Sally. I think if you can address muscle tension caused by anxiety you may be able to improve your bladder emptying.

      All the best

    • hi sally i have bladder problems too maybe for anxiety too i dont know

    • Hi, I am 26 and have the same issues, probably not caused by anxiety but certainly exacerbated by it. I am awaiting an ultrasound to check for prolapse or other issues. One thing that sometimes helps if things are really dragging on is listening to a podcast to distract myself while sitting on the loo. However, sitting on the toilet for too long also seems to make it worse — I sometimes also go off and have some camomile tea or something and try again 5-10 minutes later.

      I feel like it is under-recognised because most information about pelvic floor issues in women is about incontinence — I didn’t even know that retention and issues with emptying were possible until it happened to me.

  4. Thank you for your excellent info on emptying the bladder. I have had 3 operations and lining up for the 4th and no one has told me what I have learned from you

    • Hi Sheryl
      Thanks so much for taking the time to provide this feedback, so glad to be of help to you!
      Best wishes