Bladder Control

Bladder Control Specialist
Having an overactive bladder can force you to avoid certain activities and social situations. This condition can also affect your self-confidence. The good news is that you can manage an overactive bladder with different types of treatment. At First Class OB/GYN, Dr. Anghel provides treatments for women who have an overactive bladder.

Bladder Control

by Laviniu Anghel, MD

What are the symptoms of an overactive bladder?

When you have an overactive bladder, you might feel the need to urinate all of a sudden, and you might have trouble controlling the urge. You might also urinate at least eight times a day or have trouble holding urine in when you have to go. Having an overactive bladder might also cause you to get up a few times during the night to urinate.

Why do I have an overactive bladder?

When you have an overactive bladder, your bladder muscles tighten or contract involuntarily. This makes you feel like you need to urinate, even if there’s hardly any urine in your bladder. You can develop this condition from several underlying causes, including diabetes and neurological problems. Certain medications, especially those that you have to drink a lot of fluids with, can also cause you to have an overactive bladder. You might get an overactive bladder if you have bladder stones or other abnormalities. Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can also lead to this condition. Dr. Anghel will conduct a thorough examination that may include diagnostic testing, to determine the cause of your overactive bladder.

What problems can an overactive bladder cause?

Having an overactive bladder can cause you to feel anxious, especially when you’re out in public or social settings. You might start to avoid these situations and withdraw from others, which can increase your risk of depression. You might also end up having problems sleeping if you wake up during the night to urinate, which can affect your quality of life overall.

How does Dr. Anghel treat an overactive bladder?

Treatment depends on the cause of your overactive bladder but may include one or more of the following:  

  • Exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles stronger and prevent bladder muscle contractions
  • Scheduled bathroom visits to get your body on a routine when it comes to urinating
  • Bladder training to teach you to wait for longer periods of time before urinating
  • Absorbent pads in case you have leakage or accidents
  • Medications to relax your bladder muscles
  • Botox® injections to reduce bladder muscle activity
  • Surgery to increase the amount of urine your bladder can hold
  • Interstim neuro-modulation therapy

For more information on treatments for an overactive bladder, please contact First Class OB/GYN.

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