The symptoms of an overactive bladder can happen at any time. With overactive bladder you can have strong sudden urges to urinate during the day and night caused by spasms of the muscles of the bladder. It could happen while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store. In a social situation such as a dinner party. While you’re driving on the road. An overactive bladder can lead to some embarrassing situations. Having an overactive bladder can even make it hard for you to do the things that you enjoy. You may be forced to plan your outings based on whether there will be a bathroom in proximity to you. The need to drop everything at a moment notice to run to the bathroom can be a disruptive force in your life
How do you know if you have overactive bladder? The only proper way to find out for sure if you have overactive bladder is to get diagnosed by a doctor. However, if you’ve experienced the following symptoms then you may have overactive bladder. People with overactive bladder have the sudden and urgent need to urinate. This can happen at any time during the day or night. You may not be able to hold back your urine until you get to a bathroom. This can lead to urine leakage, often referred to as incontinence. People with overactive bladder will need to urinate frequently. The International Incontinence Society has defined frequently as urinating more than eight times a day. Those with overactive bladder will have their sleep schedule disrupted and will need to wake up to urinate 2 or more times a night. Another sign of overactive bladder is if you feel the need urinate even though you just urinated moments earlier. Also taking may trips to the bathroom only to urinate a small amount each time is a sign of overactive bladder. Overactive bladder usually occurs in the aging population. While overactive bladder can occur in both men and women it is more likely to occur in women than men.
There are many treatments that you can do to deal with overactive bladder. The first thing people usually do to deal with overactive bladder is to urinate at scheduled times. This is referred to as bladder retaining. For women with overactive bladder doing Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles to help control the flow of urine. Treating overactive bladder may include lifestyle changes such as cutting back on caffeine drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda.
Many people are too shy or embarrassed to talk about their inability to control their bladder. With treatment the symptoms of overactive bladder can get better. You shouldn’t be afraid to talk to you doctor about an overactive bladder problem.