Be Prepared for OAB Accidents

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At first, an overactive bladder, or OAB, may turn your world upside down, but with proper management and a few day-to-day changes, you can find simple ways to adjust to a new lifestyle and even curb frequent accidents altogether.

Preparation can be empowering and allow for some peace of mind. Here are a few tips so you can be ready if there's an accident.

Have a stash of absorbent products on hand at all times. These can be anything from panty liners to protective underwear for furniture.

They range from light to medium and now come in materials that are barely noticeable.

Pack a bag for your car. This way, if you're ever in a bind and need a change of clothes, you can feel fresh at a moment's notice.

Pack things such as toiletry products, a change of clothes, and extra underwear. And don't forget a waterproof bag for the wet clothes.

External catheters can be a great option if you have a penis. This is a condom like sheath that will allow urine to drain into a collection bag on the leg. An option like this could be good for travel or for those moments where a bathroom visit may not be possible.

Do a quick bathroom scan when you were out in public. Find the nearest option so you can know exactly where to go the time comes.

When you're at home, keep the bathroom clear of clutter with night lights leading the way for easy access.

If you are a caretaker with an aging loved one with OAB, a portable toilet by the bedside or a waterproof casing on the mattress can help with sudden accidents.

Thankfully, multiple treatments can make these accidents few and far between. You may also find it helpful to do bladder training and pelvic floor exercises along with medication. Talk to your doctor about other ways to prevent accidents.