Women with Overactive Bladder (OAB) Suffer More

Nancy Muller Health Pro
  • In recent years, the National Association for Continence conducted nationwide research in which we learned that women with symptoms of overactive bladder, or OAB, are 2-3 times more likely to experience multiple, other medical disorders and diseases than women who don't have OAB.  Specifically, they are more likely than others to suffer from gastrointestinal problems, hypertension, obesity, and arthritis.  Not surprisingly, these women are, on average, taking 5 - 6 prescription drugs for their symptoms, compared to only 2 - 3 by others. 


    Managing multiple medications, with varying side effects, can be troubling for many.  In fact, such circumstances often lead to errors and non-compliance, heightening risks of new health problems and other undesirable events.   Studies show that people who stop taking a medication usually do so in less than 90 days, many even before returning to a pharmacy for the first refill of a prescription.  This frequently occurs before a return for a follow-up with the prescribing physician or nurse practitioner.

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    To make matters worse, these women ages 40 - 65, whether current or lapsed users of medications for OAB, are less likely to go for long walks or exercise regularly.  Understandably, those with OAB are 2 - 3 times more likely than non-sufferers to experience very often disturbed sleep, difficulties concentrating, tiredness, overeating, and lack of self-esteem, according to responses.


    Without a doubt, OAB can be part of a complicated web of medical problems, all of which need to be discussed openly with your primary care provider.  Trying to second-guess the doctor is not the answer.  Nor can one problem be managed in isolation.


    To read more about OAB, visit http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/types-of-incontinence/urge-incontinence/

Published On: June 09, 2008