Not Sure If Your Bladder is Overactive, Here’s a Primer

Learning the basic signs, causes and cures of an overactive bladder can make a disastrous health problem easier for you to get help for. The newest technology we have is Emsella pelvic floor therapy. It is non-invasive, it works with more traditional therapies, and can be used by most women and men.

Top Signs of overactive bladder (OAB) are:

  • Urinating during the night
  • Urgently having to urinate when you first feel the sensation that you need to go to the bathroom
  • Having a bit of incontinence before you make it to the bathroom, or when you think you already finished urinating

The top causes of overactive bladder (OAB) are:

  • Nervous system disorder: either a neurologic disease or a disease of the bladder nerves firing out of normal sequence so that the bladder contracts on its own without rhyme or reason
  • Pelvic Floor Disorder
  • Genital or Urinary tract disorder
  • Obesity
  • Hormone imbalance or deficiency
  • Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • Unclear as to the exact cause
  • Imbalance in the numbers of healthy or ‘good’ bacteria in your bladder
  • Fewer numbers of different species of bacteria
  • Are you a Diabetic?
  • Have you had pelvic surgery, including a hysterectomy or bladder repir?
  • Small bladder capacity

Treatment:

  • Should be tackled with several strategies
  • Pelvic Floor therapy is the first strategy, we have been excited about all of our non-invasive therapies, including Emsella, ThermiVa, and MonaLisa. Emsella can be used by men and women.
  • Medications
  • Botox treatment of the bladder
  • Neuromodulation such as PTNS
  • Only 50% of women prescribed medication will notice effectiveness
  • About 50-80% of women on these medicines will notice some negative effects on how they think

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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