The hallmark of overactive bladder (OAB) is excessive or uncontrollable urge to urinate. The causes of OAB can be weakened bladder muscles, damaged nerves which regulate urination, or an enlarged prostate in men.
Women suffer from OAB more often than men; additionally, OAB is much more common in people over 40. However, it can happen to anyone at any age. In women, the most common cause is damage to certain muscles during pregnancy and childbirth. In men, an enlarged prostate could be a culprit.
How Can I Tell if I Have Overactive Bladder?
First it is important to rule out some causes of OAB that require treatment. Talk to your doctor to see if your overactive bladder indicates a urinary tract infection or a prostate problem.
There is no ‘normal’ number of visits to the bathroom per day. But here’s a good benchmark; if you go to the bathroom 10 times or more a day, you may have OAB.
Should I Cut Back on Fluids?
It is true, fluid intake can exacerbate an overactive bladder; however, being dehydrated does not help either. Try to find your body’s natural balance.
Also, stick to water and juices. Caffeine and alcohol can irritate the bladder and worsen the urge to urinate.
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