Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Here's help coping better with your overactive bladder.
OAB Day to Day
- Some medications -- like high blood pressure drugs and antihistamines -- may aggravate a woman's OAB. Talk to your doctor to know for sure.
- Discussing OAB with your partner isn't simple, but it may offer a big boost to your relationship. Start the conversation today.
- Kegel exercises take just five minutes and can be done anywhere, anytime. Keep them up for at least four to six weeks to see improvement. Don't give up!
- OAB can lead to depression in some men and women. Millions of Americans cope with bladder control problems -- reach out, find support.
- Taking OAB medication? Ask your doctor about possible side effects, such as becoming overheated more easily or more sensitive to light.
- Active women: If you need just a little OAB help during exercise, a tampon or pessary (like a diaphragm) can help support your pelvic tissues, controlling leaks.
- If your OAB medication is leaving you with dry mouth, try sugar-free hard candy or gum. Or talk to your doctor about modifying your medication.
- You're not alone! As many as 33 million other Americans have bladder control problems. Find support groups -- and lots of other resources -- online.
- Talk with your significant other about your OAB issues. Getting the problem into the open can lead to greater affection and trust.
- Waiting in line? Put on hold? Relaxation exercises can help suppress OAB urges.
- Heavily restricting your liquid consumption because of OAB? Stop! You may be making the problem worse, irritating your bladder.
- Don't ignore depression. Research shows that those with incontinence issues are more likely to suffer from major depression. Get help today.
Dealing with OAB daily can be a challenge, but you're not alone. Friends, family, health care providers, and others coping with OAB can be a rich source of support and ideas. Reach out!
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