Overactive Bladder / Urge Incontinence
Overactive bladder causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (urge incontinence)1. One must seek family physician and urologist if symptoms develop.
Management of overactive bladder often begins with behavioral strategies, such as fluid schedules, timed voiding and bladder-holding techniques using your pelvic floor. If these initial efforts don't help enough with your overactive bladder symptoms, medications are available1. Pelvic floor training2:
- Pelvic floor muscles support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum
- To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream
- Repeat the above action until you’ve got the right muscle
- Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks
- Overactive bladder symptoms. Mayo Clinic Website. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/overactive-bladder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355715 Accessed on 11 June 2019.
- Kegel exercises: A how to guide for women. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/kegel-exercises/art-20045283. Accessed on 11 June 2019.