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Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Here's help coping better with your overactive bladder.
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Don't just "live with it" if you have an overactive bladder. Simple lifestyle changes and medications can make a big difference. To help you cope with OAB, WebMD editors searched through our best articles and OAB guides to pull out useful tips for daily living. Use these tips for better health and peace of mind.

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12 Tips for OAB at Night

  1. Encourage uninterrupted sleep: Avoid fluids after 6 p.m. so your bladder is empty at bedtime.
  2. Worrying about OAB accidents at bedtime? Protective pads or panties can help ease your mind.
  3. To help avoid sudden bathroom trips, try eliminating caffeine from your diet.
  4. Is OAB interfering with your sex life? Try emptying your bladder or drinking a little less before intimacy.
  5. A drink after work may be relaxing, but alcohol can worsen OAB symptoms -- interrupting your sleep. It may be time to cut back.
  6. Accidents and OAB can go hand-in-hand. Need a little reassurance at bedtime? Consider trying rubberized bed sheets.
  7. If medications like diuretics are causing you to produce more urine, try taking them in the morning, rather than before bed. Talk with your doctor.
  8. Don't drink fluids after 6 p.m. -- or at least two hours before bedtime -- to reduce trips to the bathroom during the night.
  9. Anxiety about accidents during sex can spoil the mood. Bring back the pleasure by finding positions that are more comfortable.
  10. Rest a little easier tonight: Give yourself plenty of unhurried time in the bathroom to make sure you completely empty your bladder before bed.
  11. Can't get back to sleep after a bathroom trip in the night? Don't linger sleepless in bed. Get up and do something until you feel tired again.
  12. If OAB keeps you up night after night, get help. Talk with your doctor.

A great sex life and a good night's sleep don't have to be a thing of the past when you have OAB. Simple lifestyle and diet changes can really help you successfully manage overactive bladder.

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