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Overactive bladder and stress incontinence help is available.
Could you have an overactive bladder?Do you?
These are all symptoms of an overactive bladder, a condition that results from sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle in the wall of the bladder. It is especially common in older adults; however; it should not be considered a normal part of aging.
Could you have stress incontinence?Do you?
How to reduce urgency:1. Stop and stand very still. Sit down if you can.
2. Relax. Take a deep breath. Try to think of something other than the bathroom.
3. Contract your pelvic muscles four to five times to keep from leaking.
Physical therapy can help you regain control of your bladder. Simple behavioral modifications and pelvic floor exercises have been shown to be very effective in treating bladder problems.
Sanford Women's Health Center
(701) 323-6376 or (800) 628-7056.