Two Popular Treatment Options for Overactive Bladder

By on May 22, 2019
Overactive Bladder

As you have children or get older, your urinary system can be impacted in a negative way. And that makes doing your normal everyday activities hard! No one should have to worry about whether or not their overactive bladder is going to hold it together through the workday or have the fear that you might have leakage at a birthday party.

And of course, there are always self-management treatment options that you can try before attempting any procedures:

  • Use leakage pads
  • Take prescriptions
  • Wear a condom catheter
  • Scheduled bathroom breaks
  • Bladder training

But those don’t work for everyone, and sometimes you want a little more security than what those options can offer.

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If you’ve experienced the following scenarios on a regular basis and self-management options aren’t working for you, you might want to consider some alternative treatment options.

  • Constantly worrying about bladder issues
  • Using multiple pads a day to contain leakage
  • Plan trips around bathroom locations
  • Stopped doing things you enjoy due to leakages

We’ve found some modern treatment options that doctors across the country are swearing by to help people with bladder conditions return to normal functionality.

Botox Treatment

Botox is increasingly becoming a popular treatment option for overactive bladder (OAB) and other bladder conditions. You are probably familiar with Botox being used to tighten the skin in other places on the body – arms, face, neck – for cosmetic purposes, and it can function in a similar way with the muscles around the bladder.

Botox is a common treatment for muscular conditions. According to Idaho Urology, botox treatments will reduce the number of times you need to urinate, help treat sudden urges to urinate and reduce daily leakage by more than half.

Bladder Neuromodulation

Bladder neuromodulation (big word, but simple treatment) is essentially an electric stimulation therapy that helps with urinary retention and OAB. By sending an electrical pulse to the bladder from nerves that are connected to the tail bone, it can help improve bladder functions.

This treatment option does require an initial trial period of 1-2 weeks to determine if it will work for you. During this trial period, you would wear a small external device under your clothing. This device has a thin wire that is inserted into the buttock and sends the electric stimulation into the bladder. A remote controller is used to adjust, stop, and start the stimulations. Your doctor would track symptoms to determine if the therapy is improving your condition, and if it is, you will likely be a candidate to continue treatments.

It isn’t typically painful. Most people describe it as a tingling or slight pulling in the pelvic area.

Bladder neuromodulation is not a cure-all, and symptoms can return, but this treatment can improve symptoms of OAB and urinary retention issues for up to five years. That can significantly improve the quality of life that you are experiencing.

Whether you are 30 or 80, a bladder that isn’t functioning properly can be debilitating. It can significantly decrease the quality of life that you experience, and you deserve better. If you have bladder issues, talk to your doctor or a local urologist to see if one of these treatment options will work for you.

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Two Popular Treatment Options for Overactive Bladder