What is an overactive bladder? This condition - more common in older women - is characterized by an urgent and
frequent need to urinate and sometimes results in some leakage of urine before reaching a bathroom. This condition is often successfully treated with behavior modifications and bladder retraining, but can sometimes require additional treatments.
Dr. Tomezsko walks us through the common techniques for treating an overactive bladder:
How much liquid do you drink on a daily basis? Do you find that you have to go to the bathroom more frequently when you don’t regulate your intake?
We’ll be featuring a series of posts over the next week about the symptoms and treatment options for various common chronic pelvic health conditions in women.
Chronic pelvic health conditions in women—including urinary leakage, overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse—are
common and affect 20-40 percent of the adult female population. The good news is that they are generally very treatable with conservative, non-surgical methods, or minimally invasive surgical methods.
Urinary leakage caused by a cough, sneeze or doing exercise (otherwise known as stress incontinence) is quite common in younger women. It can affect a woman’s daily life—limiting an active lifestyle, playing with kids, etc.
Janet Tomezsko, MD a urogynecologist at NorthShore’s
Center for Pelvic Health gives her advice about common urinary leakage treatments:
Does it surprise you to know that 20-40% of women at one point in their lives will have a pelvic health condition? What education and resources would be most helpful to you for learning more?