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We all want to do what’s best for our health, but at the same time, there are some health conditions that many of us can find too embarrassing to think about. It can even stop some from seeing the doctor. This can include an issue known as overactive bladder.
Here, we’re going to look at what it is and how we tackle it.
What is overactive bladder?
The condition is best described as an urge to urinate that can come on suddenly, including as you are starting to fall asleep. It can also include instances of urinary incontinence. People with an overactive bladder tend to urinate often, up to 8 or more times in a single day, and have to get up at night, either being awakened by the urge as they’re falling asleep, or even being woken from their sleep by it.
What causes it?
Overactive bladder isn’t uncommon as we age, however, it’s not a natural occurrence. There are several factors, many of them preventable, that can contribute to it. Some of the ways you can tackle the causes are by maintaining a healthy weight, ensuring a proper balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise, and cutting caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. Overactive bladder can start during and after pregnancy, after certain surgeries, or after injury. Other chronic illnesses, like diabetes, can contribute to the problem, as well. In some cases, medications can increase urine production rapid, urinary tract infections can cause similar symptoms, and other conditions like bladder stones can lead to it as well. The best way to narrow down which factor is causing it, however, is by seeing your doctor.
Learning to manage it
Beyond the steps you can take to try and prevent it, there are also a host of ways to manage an overactive bladder or at least to make it less of a barrier to a normal, healthy life. If you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, modern catheter supplies are becoming much more convenient and discreet to use. There are also adult disposable briefs. You could also see some improvement by doing Kegel exercises, strengthening your pelvic floor muscle by contracting the muscles for two seconds, then relaxing at three seconds at a time.
The importance of addressing it
The seeming inability to control when you have to go to the toilet, and the incontinence that can come with it, can have significant effects on your quality of life. It can be hugely disruptive, leading to emotional distress, anxiety and depression. Its ability to disturb your sleep and interrupt your sleep cycles can lead to stress and contribute to issues such as back pain. Many people living with overactive bladder also experience some issues with sexuality. Some of the causes of overactive bladder can be solved with the right treatment from the doctor, while others require a few lifestyle changes, but either way, your quality of life can improve simply be addressing it.
The physical symptoms of overactive bladder can be tackled, and the underlying causes can be treated through seeing a doctor or addressed through lifestyle changes. If you’re willing to take the problem head-on, you might find that it’s not as much of a barrier to your life as you might think.