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How to Start the Conversation about Overactive Bladder

May. 18, 2018

4 tips for making the most of your office visit 

Is an overactive bladder cramping your style? Sudden urges, frequent bathroom trips, and sometimes even involuntary leakage can all keep you from you from doing the things you normally do. It’s embarrassing and inconvenient, to say the least. Luckily, there are solutions and treatments to curb your overactive bladder. All you have to do is talk to one of our providers. Nervous about starting the conversation? Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re wary of speaking up.

Don’t be embarrassed: Even though overactive bladder may be a sensitive subject for you, it won’t be for your urologist. We are there to provide you with the best advice and treatment.

Know the symptoms: Education is always a great first step. You’ll be more comfortable speaking with your doctor when you know the symptoms of overactive bladder. Visit our Overactive Bladder webpage to learn more about the symptoms of overactive bladder, such as:

  • A sudden urge to urinate that's difficult to control
  • Urge incontinence — the involuntary loss of urine immediately following an urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, usually eight or more times in 24 hours
  • Awakening two or more times in the night to urinate

Know the numbers: Overactive bladder is more common than you think: In fact, it’s an issue for one in three adults over 40. The condition isn’t rare, and your doctor has definitely heard it before. If you think you may be suffering from overactive bladder, you can be confident that you probably do have this condition.

Focus on outcomes: It’s helpful, when putting off an appointment or avoiding talking about overactive bladder, to think about what you can gain from finally speaking up. Think about the improved social life you may have, the freedom to do more with the people you love, and the removal of fear and worry about accidents.

A better life is available if you’re suffering from overactive bladder, and all it takes is a conversation. What may be awkward for you is completely normal for your doctor, so remember to focus on what you can gain from starting the conversation—and what you lose when you don’t speak up at all.

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