An overactive bladder can be an issue for women of all ages. The problem affects more than 50 million Americans, fortunately, there are plenty of treatments available. Dr. Patricia Zahner, a urologist at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne begins with conservative therapies. Those could include drinking only at certain times of the day, limiting the types of fluids ingested and medication. She says the problem with medication is it does have side effects and has to be taken for life, because once you stop, symptoms return.
She adds that physical therapy is also an option, but it's not the typical PT you may know. Part of this therapy involves a pelvic exam and learning to do Kegel exercises and performing them properly. Dr. Zahner might also suggest tibial nerve stimulation. That involves using electrical stimulation of the tibial nerve to a spot on your ankle. The nerve exits near the spinal cord, located near the bladder, so it's all connected. She admits the process is lengthy, it requires about 12 different sessions and each treatment lasts a half an hour.
Another way to battle your overactive bladder is the same way you battle those annoying signs of aging. It's possible to get a Botox injection into the bladder to keep you from leaking urine. It sounds painful, but Dr. Zahner says a numbing agent is used before the shot and the treatment can be done right in the doctor's office. She says with all of the options now available, there's no reason people should suffer with an overactive bladder.