It’s Friday night and all you want to do after a long week of work is wind down in your cozy couch and watch a feel-good movie. Just five minutes into the film, your bladder starts to spasm. You try to ignore it and suppress the urge to go, but your bladder is relentless. You give in and pause the movie. Flash forward an hour later, and your bladder is back at it again. This time, you only have a few seconds to spare before making a big accident.
If this scenario sounds familiar to you, you know it can be quite frustrating not to be able to sit through a complete movie without hitting pause a couple of times. You may be dealing with an overactive bladder (OAB), a treatable urological condition that causes sudden and frequent urges to urinate. People with OAB may also experience urge incontinence, in which involuntary urine leakage occurs because they can’t get to the bathroom in time. Continue reading
What is a bladder diary?
A bladder diary is essentially a daily record of your urination habits and activities that may have contributed to said habits. The diary should show:
- when and how much you urinate
- any urinary leakage you’ve experienced and what you were doing when it happened (e.g. running, biking, laughing)
- sudden urges to go
- how often you had to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom
- type and volume of food and drink intake
- any pain or problems experienced before, during, and after peeing (e.g. sudden urges, difficulty urinating, dribbling urine, feeling like your bladder is never empty, weak urine flow)
- if applicable, how many bladder pads or other incontinence products you used
If you’ve ever experienced a leaky diaper, you know how frustrating and embarrassing that can be. Your clothes get wet, your bed sheets become stained, and your laundry just piles up.
A great way to prevent leaky diapers (besides wearing the right size and type) is to use a booster pad. Diaper booster pads are designed to be worn inside disposable undergarments, such as an adult brief or pull up, to provide extra absorbency. Booster pads can also be used with washable pants.
Oxytrol for Women is now available as the first over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) in women ages 18 years and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Jan. 25. This announcement comes a week after the FDA also approved the use of Botox for individuals suffering from OAB and can’t use or don’t find other treatments useful.
Affecting an estimated 33 million Americans, a majority of whom are women, OAB is a condition that causes frequent urination and sudden urges to urinate. Oftentimes, these urges come on too strongly and quickly, resulting in wetting accidents.
Adults who don’t respond to, or cannot take, anticholinergic drugs can now use Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) to treat overactive bladder (OAB), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Jan. 18.
People suffering from OAB experience frequent urination, sudden urges to urinate, and uncontrollable urinary leakage. Botox, the same treatment that has been popular for treating wrinkles for many years, has previously been approved to treat OAB resulting from nerve damage, such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.