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How can Kegel exercises help your OAB?

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Over time, these help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. They also build up the muscle that controls the flow of urine from your body. When it works like it should, it helps you to hold your pee until you can get to the bathroom. When it doesn't, you have leaks.

To do Kegels, pretend you’re going to pee, then squeeze the muscles you’d use to stop it. You’ll have to do them a few times a day for 6 to 8 weeks before you see a change in your OAB symptoms.

From: How Do You Treat OAB? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Women,” “Urinary Incontinence in Women.”

The Simon Foundation for Continence: “About Incontinence -- Treatment/Management Options -- Medications for Overactive Bladder (OAB) With or Without Urge Urinary Incontinence.”

University of Utah Health Care: “Bladder Botox.”

Medscape: “Botox OK for Some Patients With OAB, but Not All.”

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: “Sacral Nerve Stimulation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Overactive Bladder” “What to Do If Your Overactive Bladder Mediation Isn’t Working.”

Mayo Clinic: “Overactive Bladder: Treatment and Drugs,” “Oxybutynin (Oral Route).”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 23, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Women,” “Urinary Incontinence in Women.”

The Simon Foundation for Continence: “About Incontinence -- Treatment/Management Options -- Medications for Overactive Bladder (OAB) With or Without Urge Urinary Incontinence.”

University of Utah Health Care: “Bladder Botox.”

Medscape: “Botox OK for Some Patients With OAB, but Not All.”

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: “Sacral Nerve Stimulation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Overactive Bladder” “What to Do If Your Overactive Bladder Mediation Isn’t Working.”

Mayo Clinic: “Overactive Bladder: Treatment and Drugs,” “Oxybutynin (Oral Route).”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 23, 2018

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