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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12 Tips for OAB and Diet
- If you have OAB, it's important to enjoy a fiber-rich diet to avoid complications like constipation.
- Sometimes extra weight can lead to overactive bladder. Talk with your health care provider to learn if this might be the cause of your OAB.
- Some medications -- especially those with caffeine or diuretics in them -- can worsen OAB. Consult with your doctor to know for sure.
- Chocolate, coffee, tea, and cola -- food and drinks with caffeine -- can make your OAB symptoms worse. Try cutting back.
- OAB can be very stressful at times. Don't go it alone: Talk to your health care team, get treatment, and find support.
- Some medications, like prescription diuretics, sedatives, and antidepressants, can lead to OAB symptoms. Talk to your doctor before stopping any medication.
- Use waiting time to manage OAB: Kegel exercises can improve, and even prevent, overactive bladder symptoms. Perform them 30 to 80 times daily for four to six weeks.
- Pelvic muscle rehabilitation (there are several styles) can improve pelvic muscle tone and prevent leakage. Talk to you doctor or look online to learn more.
- Did you know smoking can irritate your bladder? This may be the motivation you need to quit at last!
- Is your over-the-counter allergy medicine aggravating your OAB symptoms? Discuss the possibilities with your doctor.
- Never stop taking a medication because you think it might be aggravating your OAB. Talk with your doctor to know for sure -- there could be other causes.
- Don't let embarrassment keep you from talking to your doctor about OAB, a condition that affects millions of Americans -- of all ages.
Overactive bladder can be triggered, or irritated, by many things, from medications to a simple cola. It's a great idea to work with your health care provider to learn which diet and lifestyle changes will help you best manage your OAB symptoms.
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