The sudden urge to urinate can lead Overactive Bladder (OAB) sufferers running to the bathroom and feeling embarrassed and frustrated. Although OAB is a common problem, many are hesitant to even broach the topic, leaving those struggling feeling like they are alone and out of options. To help raise awareness of bladder issues, to remind those struggling that they do in fact have options and people to talk to, November has been named Bladder Health Month.
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What is OAB?
OAB is a common problem of the bladder that causes an involuntary loss of urine or sudden need to urinate and can be caused by a variety of factors such as effects due to neurological conditions, nerve damage, pregnancy, or obesity.
Conditions including diabetes, excess consumption of alcohol or caffeine, urinary tract infections, medication, tumors and bladder stones, can also contribute to the symptoms of OAB.
Is it a normal part of getting older?
Although age may often be thought of as a risk for OAB, it is actually not a primary factor. In fact, The National Association for Continence states that the prevalence of overactive bladder in about 36.8% of cases, is actually in women between the ages of 20 and 45.
How can I deal with OAB?
Overactive bladder can act at any moment but understanding your condition will allow you to discover a variety of ways to manage and reduce symptoms. Learning about new treatment options and exploring clinical studies for OAB can also help effectively manage the condition.
Bladder Health Month
Throughout Bladder Health Month, physicians are encouraging women with OAB and other similar conditions to get the facts and to take an active role in their bladder health. Although many are worried about bringing up bladder-related topics to their physicians, advocates say that many common problems can be solved with simple lifestyles changes. Bladder Health Month urges women to talk to their physicians during the month of November and throughout the year as an important first step in getting the necessary help to resolve symptoms.
Overactive Bladder Resource Center
This resource provides useful videos and tips for managing overactive bladder.
Participation in a Clinical Study
Participating in an OAB clinical study can provide you with the opportunity to receive study-related care and medication at no cost. By participating in research, you can help contribute to new investigational treatment options and ultimately help others to find relief.
To learn how to apply to clinical trials for OAB, CLICK HERE.