An overactive bladder can make life hell for a person. Having an overactive bladder (OAB) means the bladder is not able to store urine properly and the person constantly feels the urge to urinate. Common symptoms include:
- being unable to hold the urine
- The constant need to go to the bathroom
- Having the urge to urinate several times throughout the night
- experiencing leakage (incontinence)
If not treated properly, these symptoms can affect the quality of life of a person. Having a constant urge to urinate can cause problems while sleeping, travelling, working and even performing simple daily tasks. To combat the problem, you can consult a doctor who might prescribe medicines that help with treating the overactive bladder. Read more on how you can get your prescribed medicines easily. With medical treatment, you can also do some things on your own to reduce the extent of the condition. Some suggestions are as follows:
- Cut the Carbonated Drinks
Avoid sugary carbonated drinks. Fizzy drinks can cause problems with the liver and may increase urinary incontinence so it is a good idea to avoid bubbly drinks and seltzers to reduce leakages.
- Running on Empty
When you have a problem of urinary incontinence, that is you feel like having to urinate even when you have already urinated, try a method called “double voiding”. This means to remain on the toilet seat when you have urinated, stand up for a minute and sit back down again. Tilt your body forward and see if you have to urinate again. This helps with reducing the accidents of leakages.
- Clean-Out Cocktail
Prepare a detoxifying cleansing cocktail that helps control your urge to urinate. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and raw honey in warm water and drink it. Vinegar has antibacterial properties which help improve the health of the urinary tract and also treat bladder stones if there are any. Drink this mixture 2 times a day.
- Kill It with Kegels
The best way to treat an overactive bladder is to train your pelvic floor muscles by kegel exercises. To train the right muscles, squeeze your bladder as you would stop urination, clench for a few seconds and then relax. Repeat this 10-20 times per session.
- Better Your Bladder
Practice holding the urge to urinate and over a few months, you will be able to hold more urine in your bladder. With diet, kegel exercises and medications, an overactive bladder can be treated in no time.