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How can urge incontinence affect you?

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By its very nature, urge incontinence, sometimes referred to as overactive bladder (OAB), can make you feel out of control. You may not be able to make it to the bathroom without peeing when you get an intense urge to go. And you may get this urge just from hearing water running. The result can be discomfort, embarrassment, and anxiety.

SOURCES:

National Kidney and Urologic Information Clearinghouse: “Urinary Incontinence in Women” and “Kegel Exercise Tips.”

Kids Health: “Caffeine.”

National Toxicology Program: "Caffeine."

Kevin Stepp, MD, director of urogynecology and minimally invasive gynecology surgery, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC.

Johns Hopkins Health Alerts: “The Best Ways to Treat Overactive Bladder.”

Urology Health: “Adult Conditions: Overactive Bladder.”

Gregory A. Kitagawa, assistant professor, department of reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University; ob-gyn, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland.

National Association for Incontinence: “Diet and Daily Habits: Can This Affect Your Bladder or Bowel Control?”

University of Alabama Birmingham Medicine: “What Foods Make You Have to ‘Go?’”

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

SOURCES:

National Kidney and Urologic Information Clearinghouse: “Urinary Incontinence in Women” and “Kegel Exercise Tips.”

Kids Health: “Caffeine.”

National Toxicology Program: "Caffeine."

Kevin Stepp, MD, director of urogynecology and minimally invasive gynecology surgery, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC.

Johns Hopkins Health Alerts: “The Best Ways to Treat Overactive Bladder.”

Urology Health: “Adult Conditions: Overactive Bladder.”

Gregory A. Kitagawa, assistant professor, department of reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University; ob-gyn, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland.

National Association for Incontinence: “Diet and Daily Habits: Can This Affect Your Bladder or Bowel Control?”

University of Alabama Birmingham Medicine: “What Foods Make You Have to ‘Go?’”

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

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