Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Here's help coping better with your overactive bladder.
12 Tips on OAB Treatment
- Is your OAB medication leaving you with a dry mouth? Talk to your doctor about adjusting your dosage.
- Women: Vaginal weight training can help prevent leaks. Small weights are held within the vagina by tightening the muscles. Do them twice daily for 15 minutes, for four to six weeks.
- Looking for a doctor to help you manage OAB? Urologists specialize in treating bladder and urinary issues.
- Menopause can play a role in contributing to OAB. Some women find relief with estrogen administered vaginally. Talk to your doctor.
- Mild electrical pulses (called pelvic floor electrical stimulation), can stimulate muscle contractions, helping you control OAB symptoms. Do them in conjunction with Kegel exercises.
- Smoking can aggravate your bladder. If you smoke, try quitting. Your health care provider can help with suggestions on how.
- On rare occasions, surgery may help a woman with overactive bladder. Discuss with your health care provider whether the ";sling procedure"; or other surgery is right for you.
- Kegel exercises help strengthen pelvic muscles. Tighten the muscles that control urination for three to five seconds. Rest for 10 seconds. Do 10 repetitions.
- Biofeedback can help you gain awareness of your pelvic muscles and reduce OAB symptoms. Talk with your health care provider to learn more.
- Don't give up those Kegel exercises! It may take eight weeks before you notice improvement. And Kegels can really improve -- even prevent -- OAB.
- OAB isn't a normal part of aging, despite what friends or family may say. Talk with your health care provider, and get help for OAB -- today.
Between lifestyle changes, exercises, medication and perhaps even surgery, you can manage -- or even prevent -- overactive bladder symptoms. Your health care providers can help you discover the treatments best for you.
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