Written by Madelaine Golec
As a busy entrepreneur or business owner, the last thing you want stealing your attention is your bladder, and yet that is exactly with an overactive bladder does.
The International Continence Society defines Overactive Bladder (OAB) as urgency, with or without incontinence and increased daytime/nighttime urinating (1, 2). So basically it feels like you have to pee all the time and in some cases you may not make it. Who wants to be looking for a toilet all the time or stopping in the middle of a project just to pee?
In the US, it is estimated that 16% of men and 17% of women older than 18 years old are affected (1). There can be many reasons why someone develops an overactive bladder. I highly encourage you to seek help from a pelvic floor physiotherapist to explore those reasons, so they may provide you with a direct treatment plan to address it.
The purpose of this article is to give you some immediate tips that will help reduce the risk and symptoms of OAB.
Tip #1 — Eliminating Bladder Irritants
Cut back on, and if possible, completely eliminate irritants like coffee, artificial sweetners/aspartame, spicy foods, citris, carbonated drinks, alcohol, and tomato based products (1, 3).
Tip #2 — Nighttime Frequency
Try reducing fluid intake after 6 pm, or approximately 3-4 hours prior to bed. If the air is dry in your home, this can make you drink throughout the night. To avoid this, try using a humidifier.
Tip #3 — Manage Bowel Regularity
Constipation or straining on the toilet have negative consequences for OAB and the pelvic floor (1). Ensure you are drinking enough water and getting a fiber intake of at least 35 grams daily. To reduce straining on the toilet, check out our video for positions and exercises. Continue reading Don’t Let an Overactive Bladder Interrupt Your Work