Pune: City-based urologists mentioned that despite treatment options being available, people continue to live with an overactive bladder. It is estimated that one in six people over the age of 40 suffer from an overactive bladder (OAB).
Dr Bhoopat Singh Bhati, Urologist from Ruby Hall Clinic Hospital, Pune, said that overactive bladder is a problem where the bladder-storage functions become impaired, resulting in a sudden urge to urinate.
“In some cases, the urge may be so strong that it can result in leaks before the person can reach the washroom,” opined Dr Bhati.
Dr RK Shimpi, Urologist, Ruby Hall Clinic Hospital, Pune, said that OAB is a medical problem that affects the way the bladder behaves.
“Though very common, people hesitate to discuss it with their doctor due to embarrassment. It can have a very negative impact on the quality of life. It leads to low self-esteem and social isolation,” said Shimpi. The doctors further mentioned that awareness is critical when it comes to reducing the stigma associated with incontinence and other bladder health conditions and symptoms.
“With OAB, the bladder works overtime, contracting more often than it should and at inappropriate times. The bladder muscles seem to give wrong messages to the brain causing the bladder to feel fuller than it actually is. The bladder contracts too early when the bladder is not very full,” said Dr Shimpi.
Dr Bhati further added that when treated, OAB can be managed well and symptoms significantly reduced. “There are numerous ways to treat OAB, including lifestyle, diet, medication and surgery. But the most important, as experts have pointed out, is to talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of OAB,” said Dr Bhati.
How to check overactive bladder (OAB)
- If a person is using the bathroom more than about eight times in a 24 hr period.
- Keep an eye on how often and how much urine you are passing every day besides how strong you felt the urge to empty each time.
- If the frequency and the urgency have increased, it’s time to consult your doctor.