Having an overactive bladder (OAB) can disrupt your life in many ways and lead to emotional distress such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and issues with sexual functioning. So, what causes this medical condition? According to Mayo Clinic, there are several conditions that may contribute to the signs and symptoms of an overactive bladder such as:
- Having diabetes
- Having abnormalities in the bladder such as bladder stones
- Excess consumption of caffeine or alcohol
- Neurological disorders and declining cognitive functions due to aging
- Difficulty walking
- Having conditions that obstruct bladder outflow such as constipation or an enlarged prostate
The risk of developing an overactive bladder can also increase as you age because you are more likely to develop diseases and disorders such as diabetes, enlarged prostate, and cognitive decline.
Even though the development of OAB may seem out of our control, there are different ways you can change your lifestyle to reduce its risk. For example, you may consider:
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Reducing your consumption of caffeine or alcohol
- Quitting smoking
- Managing chronic conditions
- Strengthening your pelvic muscles by doing Kegel exercises every day
Having an overactive bladder can be challenging and disrupt your life. That’s why the doctors and staff at Women’s Health Care Research are committed to finding better ways to treat this condition through research studies. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost and access to possible new treatment options. Compensation for time and travel may also be available. Click the button below to find out how you can get involved in studies for OAB!