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Women experiencing the symptoms of an overactive bladder may suddenly feel the need to urinate. The need to urinate can be hard to stop and can lead to the accidental release of urine -- called urge incontinence.

The overactive bladder condition can sap you of your confidence and make many people shy away from social events and even isolate themselves in their private lives. The good news is that treatment exists and it is possible for you to live an absolutely normal life with an overactive bladder condition controlled and in check.

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The first steps to controlling an overactive bladder are to begin with behavioural strategies that work to control the condition. This can include drinking schedules and bladder control exercises. These can have a great benefit to all but advanced cases and should be applied immediately.

 

If these efforts have no good results in controlling the active bladder, you may find the medicated option to be more appropriate.

 

Here at Complete Urology Care, we provide a range of services and treatments for this common issue. So we recommend contacting us before attempting to use any of the treatments listed in the below article.

 

Symptoms Of An Overactive Bladder

Those suffering from this condition may find that they have a sudden difficulty controlling their urination. Some other symptoms of the condition include:

  • The urge for frequent urination, often over 10 times in one 24-hour period.
  • Urge Incontinence -- the involuntary release of urine when the urge to urinate is first felt.
  • frequent getting up in the night for urination needs.
  • although many time you reach the bathroom in time the frequent and nighttime urination is beginning to affect your social life and sleep patterns.



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How The Female Bladder Works

The overactive bladder is a condition that causes the muscles of the bladder to begin contracting involuntarily, this can even happen where there is too little urine in the “tankâ€. This sudden unexpected contraction causes the need to urinate to seem very powerful and urgent.

There are many individual conditions that can contribute to this condition through various symptoms, these include:

  • Neurological disorders including MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and strokes.
  • Medications for various conditions increase the need to urinate and this can also contribute to the overactive bladder.
  • Diabetes.
  • Certain very severe infections of the urinary tract can begin to produce symptoms very similar to the overactive bladder.
  • Abnormalities of the bladder, tumours and other growth can cause the bladder to become excited easily.
  • Other factors that can contribute to the overactive bladder include enlarged prostates, surgical procedures done in the area and even severe cases of constipation.
  • the increased consumption of alcohol and caffeinated beverages including black teas and coffees.

Incomplete bladder evacuations as this leaves precious little space for more urine, being produced consistently.

Many times, the exact reason for an overactive bladder may be unknown.

The Complications of an Overactive Bladder

As you can imagine this condition even to a minor extent is still a major obstruction to a peaceful life. If these symptoms have been continuing for some time you may also begin to experience some other disruptions to your life.

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Emotional distress and depression are two very common psychological side effect of this condition. A certain degree of anxiety can also arise over the very unsettling and unpredictable condition. Finally, regular sleep patterns can be interrupted and this can have many more effects on vitality, focus and energy levels throughout your day.

2017 Statistics

Women experiencing Urinary Incontinence between 18 and 44 years old
Worldwide 24%
Women Who have Overactive Bladder
Worldwide 17%
Women over 60 years old with Bladder incontinence
Worldwide 23%

What Can You Do About Female Overactive Bladder?

While these symptoms are a major inconvenience, the solutions provide many more benefits than simply control over this issue, but that is more than enough. Imagine the restful night’s sleep and days with uninterrupted focus and energy.

Seeking treatment for OAB, can be done in many ways. While there are medications that can be applied to controlling this issue, some other exercises and therapies have been very effective in balancing the body and restoring proper function.

 

CORE and KEGEL Exercise

The muscles that are not responding correctly could be strengthened through exercise. Kegel repetitions are one way to begin taking control over these important muscles and improving your control over the issue.

To do this simply begin interfacing with the muscles of the pelvic floor and working to strengthen them through focused exercise. If you aren't sure which set of muscles these are, you can clearly identify them the next time you are urinating. Simply stop the process mid-stream as you naturally would. The muscles you just engaged are the kegel muscles and this can be strengthened and controlled to also control OAB.

Now next time you are seated in a good chair, practice isolating and engaging theses muscles. By holding these for about three seconds and releasing you have completed a single rep, try to build up to a few sets of ten reps each day.

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Acupuncture

The medical benefits of acupuncture for OAB are very impressive. The concepts of aligning meridians and nerve stimulation are especially geared toward setting nerves and muscles function to their proper states. If you’re looking for an innovative and function treatment, this is the option for your OAB.

 

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation attempts to achieve similar effects to the acupuncture treatment method through a more direct method of engagement.

A small wire will be attached to a diode that is applied to the muscles in question. As the electrical current is run through the electrode the muscles are contracted. This works to strengthen the muscles and can be enhanced through Kegel exercises.

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Vaginal Cones

 For taking your Kegel exercises to the next level, a vaginal cone will help you develop some ripped muscles. Place the vaginal cone into the vagina so that it rests against the Kegel muscles, now perform the exercise as described.

It should be simple enough to lift the smaller ones, but if you are trying to engage and control OAB, push yourself to improve and lift heavy vaginal cones

In Conclusion

If you take an aggressive (but gentle) approach to this condition it is quite possible to control the issue entirely within a few weeks of training.

You must consider your needs and goals for treatment carefully and discuss any treatments with a qualified medical professional.

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There is no substitute for professional medical consultations. This article is meant as an informative piece and should not be interpreted as a guide for diagnosis. If you are experiencing one or more of the listed symptoms above, please contact either your local healthcare professional or Complete Urology Care.