Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Are you concerned that you (or someone you know) might have overactive bladder?

Please ask yourself a few question:

  •  do you sometimes get a very sudden, very strong urge to urinate?
  • Is that urge sometimes so intense you’re afraid you wont make it to bathroom in time?
  • Do you leak urine-just a few drop or sometimes more
  • Do you find yourself limiting your activities, such as social outing, shopping or traveling because you are afraid you wont be able to get to bathroom in time and might embarrass yourself?
  • Do you seem to go to the bathroom more often than other people?
  • Do you get up often during the night to urinate?

If any of these describe you, you might have overactive bladder


What is OAB (Overactive Bladder)?

  • Overactive bladder is a condition in which your bladder contracts (squeezes) at the wrong time , resulting in a sudden and very urgent need to urinate. When this happens, some people also have incontinence (they pass some urine before they can get to the toilet) , but that does not always occur. Other symptoms of OAB include going to the bathroom very often-eight or more time in 24 hours-and waking up at the night one or more times to urinate 


What causes Overactive bladder?

There no exactly cause of overactive bladder, its not a normal aging although if often occur in older people 

Some factors can contribute to or cause overactive bladder and its symptoms , include:

  • Central nervous system damage
  • Blockage or weakness in the urethra
  • Weakness in the muscle that hold the bladder in place
  • Lack estrogen in woman
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder cancer or bladder stone
  • etc


Impact OAB in your life

  • Overactive bladder is far more than a minor incontinence . More than 65% of all people with OAB report that it cause problems in their everyday living
  • OAB can take a serious toll financially as well commercial product-pads or adult diapers can be costly
  • Some people with OAB avoiding sexual activity due to afraid of leaking and embarrasse the partner
  • Having OAB make you 26% more likely than others to fall, about 1/3 more likely to break the bone


OAB treatment

  • Once you have met your doctor and figured out what kind of bladder problem you have , you can discuss about the treatment.
  • Recent study shows that  a combination of behavioral therapy and medication led to an 85% decrease in urge incontinence ( behavioral alone led 57% decrease while drug alone resulted in  72% decrease in incontinence.
  • Behavioral treatment, involves two primary areas, training your bladder to follow a new schedule for urinating and strengthening the muscles that help to support and control your bladder.
  • Drug therapy, several drugs are available to treat OAB, those commonly used are anticholinergic/antimuscarinic medications. Studies have shown that overall about 50 to 80% of people who try drug therapy get some relief from their symptoms. 

For further information please visit: www.seringkencing-mengompol.com (in Bahasa Indonesia)