How Do I Handle Frequent Urination When Working And Traveling?

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Asked by Kristy

How Do I Handle Frequent Urination When Working And Traveling?

I'm a fairly young female (35) and I suffer from frequent urination (but I can hold the urine, at least until the urge gets super strong). Ever since I was a kid, I've had to go more frequently that others, but over the years, and now especially over the past 6 months, I've had to go much more, sometimes every 10 minutes. I don't drink as much water or liquids as I should because one glass of water will have me going every 10 - 30 minutes for 2 - 3 hours. I've seen two urologists, an OB-GYN, and my regular doctor. There is no infection and they can't find anything wrong. One of the urologists told me it was all in my head. I'm trying to figure out how to adapt to this. So far the only solution I've found is to wear Depends, just in case I can't get to a bathroom fast enough. I'm an active person and I love to travel, but friends don't understand, men find a woman in diapers a turn off, and its preventing me from wearing pants that are made from thinner fabric or are tighter (exercise pants, travel pants, dress pants, sheath style dresses) and doing the activities and trips I'd love to do. And its affecting my work too, because it limits what type of work I can do since I need constant access to a toilet, and so many jobs involve being away from a toilet or having specific bathroom break times. And I really want to take some trips and tours where I'd be in a bus or van where bathroom breaks would be between 2 - 5 hours (travels through Asia, Middle East), and I would have no control over when we'd stop. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can be able to handle working without frequent bathroom breaks or going on long road trips without stops? If I wore Depends or something and had to urinate in them frequently, would I be okay with a wet Diaper for several hours?

Answer

It seems that you are describing symptoms of over active bladder. There are numerous medication and treatments that are available. Behavioral modification and biofeedback may be of some benefit. In some patients BOTOX has been used by injecting it into the bladder. An evaluation with a Urologist will help determine the underlying cause.

Answered by Jay Motola, M.D.