Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Here's help coping better with your overactive bladder.
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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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.