Overactive Bladder: Symptoms & Treatments  

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Overactive Bladder is a very common condition in women, and thankfully, it is also very treatable. We’ve pulled together some information to help in understanding overactive bladder and outlining some ways we can help.

“In our patients who suffer from overactive bladder,” says Dr. Shannon Price, an OB/Gyn with Affinity Physicians for Women.  “It can really have a negative impact on their daily lives.  We are here to help, and get them back into their normal, active routines.”

Following are some behavioral modification techniques to help your overactive bladder:

Keep a log - During a typical day, write down your fluid intake, the number of times that you urinate, the number of accidents and when they occur (after coughing, sneezing, laughing, because you were not able to reach the bathroom in time, etc.).

Monitor your diet - Eliminate or decrease foods or beverages that may worsen bladder symptoms. These include:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated soft drinks
  • Citrus juices and fruits
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based products
  • Spicy and acidic foods and drink
  • Foods and drinks containing artificial sweetener

Maintain bowel regularity

Constipation places added pressure on the bladder and have a negative effect on bladder function. By keeping healthy bowel habits, you may be able to avoid constipation and help to lessen bladder symptoms. The following are some suggestions for maintaining bowel regularity:

  • Increase fiber intake by eating foods such as beans, pasta, oatmeal, bran cereal, whole wheat bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise to maintain regular bowel movements.

Maintain a healthy weight and stop smoking: Yes, both of these tried and true health rules apply here as well!

Drink plenty of non-irritating fluids: water is your friend! But, limit your intake starting 2 or 3 hours before going to bed.

Medication There are medications that can work very well to return normal function to the bladder.

Overactive bladder therapy is challenging to manage, but will dramatically improve one’s quality of life. We will guide you to the best steps to begin with and give you options for helping you with more advanced options if necessary.

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Source: Medline Plus