Don't put up with OAB, which includes symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage–treat it
There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to overactive bladder (OAB), like it's a normal part of aging or something you can't do anything about. But OAB, including urge urinary incontinence, is a real, treatable medical condition. Once-daily VESIcare has been demonstrated to treat OAB with symptoms of frequent urges and leaks.†
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How lifestyle changes fit in
Lifestyle changes can be a great way to start managing your OAB symptoms. Be sure to ask your healthcare professional for his or her advice before trying any of these tips on your own.
Kegel exercises are simple exercises designed to help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder. They involve tightening and relaxing certain pelvic muscles, which in turn can improve your bladder control.
Lowering your caffeine intake
Have you ever noticed that you go to the bathroom more after drinking anything with caffeine? Think about your bladder before you reach for that next cup of coffee. Caffeine is a natural diuretic. It also acts as a bladder stimulant, causing an increase in sudden urges to go to the bathroom.
Keeping an eye on your diet
Sometimes what you eat or drink can cause bladder irritation, which results in needing to go more often. Try to limit things like carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, spicy foods, and citrus or tomatoes.
For some, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to help manage bladder symptoms. If your doctor determines you have OAB, he or she may prescribe a medication like VESIcare to help treat your OAB symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage.
Taking the first step
It can be hard for some people to talk to their doctor about OAB symptoms. They might feel shy or even embarrassed to mention that they're experiencing frequent urges and leaks. But don't be afraid to speak up about your bladder symptoms. After all, you're not alone if you have OAB, and your healthcare professional can suggest treatment options that could help reduce your OAB symptoms. Watch what Dr. Reed has to say about OAB treatment options.
So take charge! Make the choice to ask your doctor about your OAB symptoms. If you need help having the OAB conversation, use the Doctor Conversation Guide. It can help you find the right words, so you and your doctor can discuss the available treatment options together.
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†Your results may vary.