Developed in partnership with Medtronic.
Overactive bladder can be at once embarrassing as well as frustrating. The constant need to find a bathroom, (usually in a hurry) means that you’re never truly able to do the things you’d like to do. And the fear of having an accident can keep you venturing out beyond your “safe zone”. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are treatments available (even if you think you’ve tried everything!) and there are ways to overcome the leaks. Let’s start with a quick refresher on what overactive bladder is and what causes it.
WHAT IS OVERACTIVE BLADDER?
Overactive bladder (which is also referred to as OAB), is the strong and sudden urge to pass urine. This may (and often does) happen multiple times throughout the day or night, and may be hard to control, leading to bladder leaks, or urinary incontinence.
Overactive bladder occurs when the muscles of the bladder contract involuntarily (even if you don’t have much urine in your bladder), creating the urgent need to urinate. There are many factors that may cause OAB to occur, including other conditions (like neurological conditions or diabetes), medications, aging, or even cognitive decline.
Many people start by treating OAB with behavioral changes or medications. Diet and exercise can make a big difference, and many doctors prescribe pills designed to treat OAB. But these don’t always work. And some people experience unwanted side effect that make medications not worth it to them.
But there are other options; minimally-invasive therapies that can be done quickly in a doctor’s office, and that can help you manage your leaks and provide an improved quality of life.
MEDTRONIC BLADDER CONTROL THERAPY
Medtronic is a leader in bladder control therapies, providing solutions that allow patients to live a life without limits. They have spent decades using their proven system to treat bladder control problems in hundreds of thousands of patients around the world. Patients using the Medtronic bladder control therapy may experience fewer trips to the bathroom, fewer accidents, and more confidence as they get back to living life on their own terms.
The Medtronic bladder control therapy delivers significant quality of life improvements for people with overactive bladder and symptom improvement for people with urinary retention, but it’s not for everyone.
You can see if the Medtronic bladder control therapy is right for you by taking their online quiz.
If the Medtronic bladder control therapy sounds like an option for you, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options and next steps.