Managing Overactive Bladder

by on December 19, 2011

Managing Overactive Bladder
There are a lot of people who are experiencing urinary issues, overactive bladder to be more specific. This condition brings annoyance to those people who are suffering from it. It is because of the fact that it is considered to be a great interruption while a person does a very important task. Frequent visits to the bathroom happen if a person suffers from an overactive bladder. It is a condition that should be managed and observed because it can be a symptom of a deteriorating health condition.

According to the report given by National Association for Continence, one out of five adults, show significant signs of overactive bladder. This condition is very rampant among adult women.
Overactive bladder happens when a person feels sudden urge to excrete urine. One of the most distinct features of overactive bladder is when a person visits the restroom for about eight times or more than that within the 24 hour cycle. Frequent restroom visits at night are also one of the major symptoms.

There are a lot of factors that can cause overactive bladder.
One of these is urge incontinence. It is characterized by involuntary bladder muscle contraction. In other words, the sphincter muscle which is responsible for holding the urine, prematurely relaxes. Urge incontinence is usually caused by damage in nerves or muscle. It is common among obese people, people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and those people who suffered from stroke.
Aging is also a common cause because normal function of sphincter muscles deteriorates as a person grows old. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse states that older women are more prone to urge incontinence compared to younger women.

Another cause of overactive bladder is stress incontinence. There are certain conditions that can contribute to this condition such as prostate cancer treatment, menopause, and childbirth. People with stress incontinence may suffer from urine leakage. The leakage is caused by too weak pelvic floor muscle or weak sphincter muscle. Therefore, simple body reactions such as sneezing, coughing laughing and exercising, can cause the urine leakage.

There are certain medical conditions that can cause chronic urinary retention. Remember that leakage might result from full bladder. Some of these conditions are spinal cord injuries, enlarged prostate gland, pelvic trauma, surgery in pelvis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
If you are among those people who are suffering from an overactive bladder, it’s time to end your suffering. There are certain ways that you can take into consider, in order for you to straighten this condition.

Since this problem originates from the pelvic floor, you can do pelvic floor exercises. Pelvic floor exercises are known to be effective in strengthening the pelvic muscles. Pelvic floor exercises are referred as Kegel’s exercise.

It is also essential to limit the consumption of beverages that are rich in caffeine. Caffeine is also known to be a stimulant. Avoid caffeine before going to sleep or if you’re bound to go to a trip.
Bladder retraining is also needed in order to manage an overactive bladder. You can train your bladder by gradually increasing the interval in between urination.

Studies also prove that spicy foods can cause overactive bladder. If you can’t avoid it, then at least limit it. Orange juice and chocolates are also believed to be contributory factors of overactive bladder. Avoid these when going on a trip or at night, in order for you to have a good and uninterrupted sleep.

There are also some natural remedies that can help in managing an overactive bladder. Good example is the seed of pumpkin and extracts from soy. Cranberry juice can also help in managing this urinary problem. Adding some fiber in your diet is also advisable.
There are a lot of ways in order to manage an overactive bladder. If you’re still having trouble in managing this condition, you can seek medical advice in order for you to know the appropriate treatment.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: