What Are Overactive Bladder and Urge Incontinence?

Q:
What are overactive bladder and urge incontinence?

A:
People with overactive bladder go to the restroom more often than needed. Those with urge incontinence may pee before they reach the toilet.

Symptoms:

  • Have a very strong urge to pee and leak urine before you get to the toilet.
  • Feel the need to pass urine when you have sex, wash dishes, etc.
  • Eager to figure out where the bathroom is whenever you arrive at a new place.
  • Avoid some activities because you are afraid of leaks.
  • Go to the restroom frequently at night.

Treatments:

  • Avoid drinking beverages that irritate the bladder. Such beverages often contain caffeine, alcohol and artificial sweeteners.
  • Take medicine that helps relax the bladder muscle.
  • Do exercises that can strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles.
  • Suppress unnecessary urge to urinate. You will be able to delay urination over time.
  • Put inside the buttocks a generator that sends electrical impulse to slow the signals that cause frequent urination.
  • Surgery.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.