Help for an Overactive Bladder

Do you have an overactive bladder? Then you know just how frustrating it is to have your day interrupted with trips to the bathroom. You may even find that your constant urge to go is accompanied by pain and irritation that makes the condition even more difficult to manage.

An overactive bladder is more common than you may think. Although women experience symptoms more, men and children aren't immune. That's why treatments vary, depending on symptoms and lifestyle. At Urological Associates, our doctors are well-experienced in treating overactive bladder symptoms. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to help you find relief from this common condition. 

Overactive bladder explained

An overactive bladder is a higher than usual urge to urinate that’s not due to an infection. When you have an overactive bladder your body will push urine out at the wrong times. Generally, those who have an overactive bladder urinate more than eight times per day and two or more times per night. 

An overactive bladder can also go hand in hand with incontinence and may cause pain and discomfort in your pelvic area. Although it’s common among older patients, an overactive bladder is not a normal part of aging and you should certainly make an appointment with us if you start to notice the above symptoms. 

Overactive bladder treatment 

Though an overactive bladder can prove a nuisance, effective treatment options are certainly available. During your appointment, we’ll discuss the following treatment options to see which best fits your needs.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises

You may benefit from physical therapy and pelvic floor strengthening exercises. With physical therapy, you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which will help you maintain control over your bladder. Keep in mind, it can take six to eight weeks before you begin to notice a difference in your symptoms.

Medication

Medications for overactive bladder work by relaxing your bladder and reducing urges/episodes of incontinence. These medications also come in skin patch or gel form, which tend to cause fewer side effects.

Injections

Botox isn’t just for cosmetic purposes. Injections of Botox can actually tighten your bladder muscles, preventing severe incontinence. However, the effects are temporary and typically only last about five months at a time.

Prevention 

Causes of overactive bladder vary but can include diabetes, being overweight, or a neurologic condition like Parkinson's disease. It’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle with a sensible diet, regular exercise, and limited caffeine and alcohol consumption.

You don’t have to suffer through bladder pain. To learn more about treatment options and what you can do to improve symptoms, visit our website to schedule an appointment today.

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