Best Remedies For Overactive Bladder Conditions

Best Remedies For Overactive Bladder ConditionsIn medical terms, an overactive bladder is known as urinary incontinence or the unintentional release of urine. To the average lay person, it’s simply wetting your undies before you can make it to the bathroom. An overactive bladder (OAB) can be a source of embarrassment, to say the least, and an inconvenience. Remedies for overactive bladder conditions include surgical procedure, behavioral retraining and pharmacologic therapy (or medications). Some of these medications include: estrogen, botulinum toxi (BOTOX) injections, anti-muscarinic drugs which can either be selective or non-selective and tricyclic anti-depressants.

While it is more common in females, males also suffer from urinary incontinence. Contrary to what has been said about it, an overactive bladder is not a sign of aging per se. Multiple pregnancies in women, dementia, prostate surgery, diabetes mellitus, obesity, advanced age, spinal cord injuries, enlarged prostate, Parkinson’s disease and genetics are factors which increase the potential to acquire OAB.

Detecting the Symptoms of Overactive Bladder

Urinating in the middle of the night or nocturia, frequent urination, urge incontinence and urgency of urination are all symptomatic of the onset of OAB. Routine urinary analysis and urine cytology are done to assess when any of the symptoms mentioned manifest to enable correct evaluation and appropriate treatment. Post-void residual, or the measurement of the urine amount in the bladder after urination, may be done with ultrasound equipment to pinpoint the cause of the incontinence.

Exercises and Retraining

One remedy for OAB is Kegel Exercises for both genders. Because of pregnancy, surgery and childbirth or loss of muscle tone from being overweight or aging, women may experience leaking several drops of urine while they cough, sneeze or laugh, having to go to the bathroom to urinate for a second time a few minutes after urinating and leaking stool. Kegel Exercises, if done correctly, can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the small intestine, uterus, bladder and rectum, and may be helpful to women who have orgasm issues.

Kegel Exercises have been a standard technique for men with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation concerns but for both men and women, these exercises have one focal point: the pelvic muscles. Tightening those muscles should be spread out in daily workouts which men and women can conveniently do discreetly while at work or at home when watching television since no one can or needs to see the pelvic muscles at work.

Still another one of remedies for overactive bladder is disposable undergarments. These do not resemble the adult diapers of long ago which were not only big but also bulky. There are now several designs for this kind of undergarment which comes in variants for different specific needs.

Super absorbent undergarments are ideal for those with severe OAB. Those men who leak slightly less or just dribble will find padded disposable sheaths which go around the penis convenient. There are variants also of pads that have adhesive tabs which can be tucked into undergarments for those who leak lightly or moderately.

Yet another OAB remedy is bladder retraining wherein people who find themselves urinating unexpectedly are taught how to resist and control that urge. Hand in hand with this is teaching OAB sufferers a scheduled routine of toileting and prompted procedure of voiding to be able to empty the bladder with regularity so as not to leak.

Prescription-Only Medications

And then there are the medications that serve as anti-cholinergics to decrease the activity of the detrusor muscle such as Tolterodine, Oxybutinin, Fesoteradine fumarate and the newer Solifenacin and Darifenacin. These medications need prescriptions and should be taken only under a physician’s direction. Although rarely done in cases of OAB conditions, the surgical procedure cystoplasty, or reconstructing the bladder, is done only if the symptoms are not responsive to other treatments or the conditions have become debilitating.

Non-Invasive and Non-Chemical Remedies

Some herbal formulations using alpinia oxyphylla, panax ginseng, valeriana officinalis, cornus officinalis, passiflora incarnate and schisandra chinensis from Brazil, China, Korea and Japan are available in the market as “natural solutions” for OAB and are free of preservatives and other additives. There is also buchu from South Africa, cornsilk from the ubiquitous corn stalk, saw palmetto as well as jasmine supplements. Organic preparations like gosha-jinki-gan is a combination of several different herbs. For those who prefer non-invasive procedures, and would rather take remedies for overactive bladder concerns which are not chemical-based, these are products manufactured from all-natural ingredients which can alleviate overactive bladder symptoms.

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