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Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Here's help coping better with your overactive bladder.

OAB Day to Day


  1. Some medications -- like high blood pressure drugs and antihistamines -- may aggravate a woman's OAB. Talk to your doctor to know for sure.
  2. Discussing OAB with your partner isn't simple, but it may offer a big boost to your relationship. Start the conversation today.
  3. 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!
  4. OAB can lead to depression in some men and women. Millions of Americans cope with bladder control problems -- reach out, find support.
  5. Taking OAB medication? Ask your doctor about possible side effects, such as becoming overheated more easily or more sensitive to light.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. You're not alone! As many as 33 million other Americans have bladder control problems. Find support groups -- and lots of other resources -- online.
  9. Talk with your significant other about your OAB issues. Getting the problem into the open can lead to greater affection and trust.
  10. Waiting in line? Put on hold? Relaxation exercises can help suppress OAB urges.
  11. Heavily restricting your liquid consumption because of OAB? Stop! You may be making the problem worse, irritating your bladder.
  12. 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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