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Overactive Bladder

Have You Heard That a Weak Bladder Can Be Hereditary?

Yes, it runs in the genes! An overactive bladder, otherwise known as urge incontinence or OAB is no laughing matter... seriously!  One little snicker and it's a disastrously embarrassing wet patch that sufferers of this problem have to contend with.  It's annoying enough at home, but when out and about shopping, it's an absolute nightmare.  If you've ever suffered from just the most minor case of urine leakage then you know precisely what I am talking about.

Overactive Bladder Syndrome Symptoms are Treatable

For countless women, the anxiety of having to know exactly where every bathroom is located in their local shopping centre, coupled with the dilemma of having to actually make it there in time is nothing short of horrendous.  The majority of sufferers endure their discomfort in silence because of the humiliation they feel.  A weak or overactive bladder is often referred to as a closet disorder for this very reason.

What are the signs and symptoms of an overactive bladder or urinary urgency? Contrary to popular belief the need to urinate or 'go' more often than most people doesn't necessarily indicate that you have an overactive bladder. The symptoms that follow as listed by the Mayo clinic are the indicators that something isn't quite right meaning that you should seek medical advice. Or in other words- go see your local GP about your bladder problem.

  • You suddenly feel a strong urge to urinate
  • The urge is so strong that an involuntary loss of urine results
  • You urinate frequently; at least 7-8 times within 24 hours including waking more than twice each night to urinate
  • The need to suddenly drop everything for fear of not making it to the bathroom in time, both day and night to urinate is disrupting your daily life.

What Can Help Alleviate The Symptoms?

Firstly, don't suffer in silence. There are several lifestyle changes that will assist you in better managing an overactive bladder.  Limiting caffeine and alcohol intake will help.  You should still drink 6-8 glasses of water each day, include a diet rich in fiber and watch your weight.  Also be sure to only urinate when necessary, otherwise the bladder will want to be emptied more often than is required.

What about natural remedies?  There are several natural remedies that help cope with bladder dysfunction.

  • Magnesium: This mineral aids muscle health, may control spasms which prevent the bladder from emptying completely which is one of the main reasons for leaks, dribbles and drips in both male and female incontinence sufferers.
  • Corn silk: This first class remedy has a detoxifying, diuretic and relaxing or calming effect on the bladder, making it an ideal supplement that may ease many of the symptoms
  • Cranberry Extract: This little wonder is well regarded as a preventative of urinary tract infections. It also has other overall health benefits.

If You Need To, Seek Professional Care

Don't be embarrassed by your bladder problem as many of the symptoms can be alleviated and even eradicated for good with your doctor's help and a change in diet and lifestyle.  Don't forget that the specialized incontinence products available today are totally undetectable and offer peace of mind, especially when out for a day's shopping.

Your GP may prescribe medications that inhibit contractions or reduce leakage caused by an overactive bladder. Various drugs essentially relax the muscles, resulting in a more complete emptying of the bladder during urination.

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