Behavioral Treatments for Overactive Bladder

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A common disorder that affects millions of people across the world, overactive bladder is characterized by a frequent and sudden need to urinate, waking up multiple times at night to urinate, and involuntary loss of urine. In addition to medication, there are a number of behavioral treatments that have proven highly effective in controlling the symptoms of overactive bladder.

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Behavioral Treatments for Overactive Bladder

  1. 1. A common disorder that affects millions of people across the world, overactive bladder is characterized by a frequent and sudden need to urinate, waking up multiple times at night to urinate, and involuntary loss of urine. In addition to medication, there are a number of behavioral treatments that have proven highly effective in controlling the symptoms of overactive bladder.
  2. 2. First and foremost, maintaining a healthy weight and getting frequent exercise can significantly reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder. Many doctors recommend exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which regulate the urinary sphincter and signal urges to urinate.
  3. 3. In addition to timing fluid consumption rather than drinking large amounts in a single sitting, many patients employ a practice known as double voiding, which helps them empty their bladder completely a few minutes after urinating for the first time. For individuals with severe overactive bladder or those recovering from surgery, doctors may recommend a catheter.

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