Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Interview - Tips for Travelling with Overactive Bladder



Tips for Traveling with Overactive Bladder (OAB)

For the approximately 33 million Americans affected by symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB), traveling or attending events may be limited, always worrying about where the nearest bathroom may be and whether they’ll make it in time.1

OAB is a common condition where the bladder muscle suddenly contracts too frequently and often. Many patients may feel embarrassed to talk about it with their doctor.2

OAB can lead to frequent urination, usually eight or more times in 24 hours, and urge urinary incontinence or the sudden loss of bladder control. For some, the urge to urinate can be so sudden and strong that patients may not make it to the restroom in time and result in leakage.2

If you think you may be experiencing these symptoms, patients should talk to their doctors who may recommend lifestyle changes such as dietary adjustments and bladder training exercises. There are medications a doctor can prescribe that may help.

Check out our interview with Dr. Ashley Tapscott, Urologist and Bladder Health Expert as we discuss the issues surrounding OAB, how it impacts patients, and what treatment options are available.

More tips for managing OAB4:

  • ·     If traveling, plan to stop every 2-4 hours to reduce strain on your bladder. Drink plenty of water, but  limit your intake a few hours before traveling
  • ·     If possible, avoid certain foods and beverages that can irritate the bladder, such as alcohol, coffee, and spicy and citrusy foods
  • ·   Relax and try to control the urge