The long and winding road – determining the best treatment option for your OAB symptoms

Finding The Best Treatment For Incontinence

If you suffer from Overactive Bladder (OAB), you have likely tried some form of treatment to manage your symptoms.  But you may not be aware of the plethora of options that are available to you.  Read on to learn about some of the options and then use our new OAB Treatment Tracker to get a customized report that can help point you in the right direction and provide you with a report that you can use to discuss your options with your doctor.

Absorbent Pads.

You may cringe when you hear absorbent pads, but they can help you in managing simple leaks as you decide what course of action you will want to ultimately take.  Some people use these indefinitely, although there are other options that may work well for you and provide a more permanent solution.  Be sure to try a variety of products and fits to find one that works best for you.

Behavioral Modifications.

Getting in shape and eating well does more than just make you look good.  Working the right muscles can also help keep your pelvic floor strong and give you more control over your bladder.  The best way to learn how to do this is by finding a trained physical therapist who can provide you with customized workouts and ensure you are working the right muscles correctly. 

Medications.

There are lots of medications on the market that treat OAB symptoms.  Most work by calming the bladder muscles to prevent incidences of OAB from happening.  Even if you have not had luck with one medication, don’t lose heart. Medications work differently for everyone and it’s possible that you may need to try a couple before you find one that works for you.  Talk to your doctor about your options to determine what may work best for you.

Procedures.

Did you know that there are simple procedures that can be done in a doctor’s office that may greatly improve your OAB symptoms?  Sacral Neuromodulation (like InterStim)  and PTSN are procedures that stimulate nerves in the body that connect to the bladder to help reduce symptoms, while Botox injections can help calm nerves that trigger the Overactive Bladder muscle.

Surgery.

For those who have tried multiple treatment options and would like something more permanent, there are several surgical procedures that may work well for you.  There are procedures that can increase the size of your bladder to store more urine, and the popular mid-urethral sling (for those experiencing stress incontinence), in which material is placed beneath the urethra to help support it. 

The best course of action is always to talk with your doctor about your specific situation and the options that are available to you.  He or she will be your guide to understanding the ins and outs of the different treatments. 

To get a more customized report that you can review with your doctor, try out our new OAB Treatment Tracker.  It will help point you in the right direction and provide you with some options and an account of your treatment history to discuss with your doctor.

Announcing The New OAB TREATMENT TRACKER!

Overactive Bladder Treatment Tracker

Overactive Bladder, that need to go to the bathroom urgently and often, affects roughly 33 million people in the US.  However, most people do not seek help for this problem, attributing it to getting older, and thinking there is nothing that can be done.  We think this is tragic, because there are actually so many treatment options available that no one should have to live with this condition on a day-to-day basis.

That’s why we’ve developed the OAB Treatment Tracker, a tool designed to assess where you are in treatment (even if it is at the beginning!) and provide you with some suggestions to look into.  It also provides you with an assessment of your treatment history to take with you to your doctor to help move the discussion in the right direction.

Ready to take control and start treating your OAB?  Check out the OAB Treatment Tracker today to see what options might be a fit for you!

Download The NAFC Bladder and Bowel Diaries!

Download The NAFC Bladder And Bowel Diaries

Download The NAFC Bladder And Bowel Diaries

Keeping track of your bathroom habits isn’t easy but having the right tools readily available can really make a difference.

It may seem a little strange at first, but keeping a bladder or bowel diary it is a great way for you to see trends over time and learn what types of foods and drinks trigger your incontinence.  Not only will you gain insight into your condition, but it will also aid your doctor in knowing what type of incontinence you suffer from and help him or her develop a more customized treatment plan for you.