If you have sudden, difficult-to-control urges to urinate throughout the day, you may have an overactive bladder.
An overactive bladder can affect your work and your social life, and you may often limit your recreational activities or isolate yourself from others. The good news is that you can manage your symptoms with proper strategies.
How is an overactive bladder treated?
Treatment for an overactive bladder typically starts with behavioral methods, as they are effective and require no prescriptions. Behavioral treatments include:
- Pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Maintaining your weight
- Planning your toilet trips
- Using a catheter periodically
- Wearing absorbent pads
- Training your bladder
Medications also help to relax your bladder and reduce your symptoms. They include:
In severe cases, you may need surgery if you do not respond well to conventional treatment methods. In this scenario, you may either need surgery to increase your bladder capacity, or as a last resort, a complete bladder replacement.