Get the Word on Overactive Bladder - Get Your Life Back!

Nancy Muller Health Pro
  • Autumn  always escorts certain intensity into our personal schedules, as children or grandchildren return to school, social clubs resume their scheduled gatherings, and businesses and organizations undertake a frenzy of meetings and travel. 

     

    Regardless of where you are in the continuum of life, if symptoms of overactive bladder - urgency without warning, frequency of urination, or the sudden loss of urine - restrict you, it's time to get up to date on your options to get full control back over your life.  One easy way to do that, from the comfort of your home, is to log into an educational seminar from our web site. 

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    This webinar on overactive bladder is the first in a series to be broadcast on a variety of subjects for women and will include a session of online Q&A with an expert so that viewers can have their questions answered.  It's all free.  While the initial series grows out of a staged forum with UCSF in San Francisco targeted to women, the first webinar specifically on overactive bladder is gender neutral.  That's because both women and men are equally affected by the symptoms of urgency and frequency, especially as they age. There will be others on related topics to follow.

     

    There is a lot to know about the condition, which troubles men and women increasingly as we grow older.  It is estimated by clinicians that 33 million Americans experience overactive bladder.  The third who have more severe symptoms and thus suffer from urinary urge incontinence may well include women who already experience leakage when coughing, laughing or sneezing, or stress urinary incontinence.  Such individuals are saddled with mixed incontinence and have to follow multiple course of intervention to remedy symptoms. 

     

    Managing OAB symptoms involves behavioral measures such as bladder retraining and pelvic floor muscle exercises.  Diet and in particular certain types of beverages can be culprits.  Prior pelvic surgery can be a factor.  To read more, visit http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/types-of-incontinence/urge-incontinence/

     

    The successful treatment of symptoms is likely to involve combination therapy and may include prescription drugs, of which there are many, a list of which can be found at http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/types-of-incontinence/urge-incontinence/

     

    Beyond medications, there is tibial nerve stimulation and even the implant of a device that functions much like a heart pacemaker to regulate signals from the lower urinary tract to the brain.  All of this and more will be covered on the November 17, 2009 webinar beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST and lasting approximately one hour.  To find it, simply go to www.nafc.org  If you have questions, call us at 1.800.BLADDER or email us at memberservices@nafc.org

     

    Nancy Muller

    Executive Director

    National Association For Continence

    www.nafc.org

Published On: October 08, 2009