6 tips for treating an overactive bladder

Overactive bladder symptoms are often caused by involuntary contractions of the detrusor muscle, which can result in urge incontinence, depending on the response of the sphincter.

Patients are often too embarrassed to discuss symptoms with their GP.

Pathology such as urinary infection, diabetes, bladder stones, malignancy or an underlying neurological cause should be excluded, according to RACGP guidelines.

Initial treatment consists of a combination of lifestyle interventions, pelvic floor exercises, bladder training and antimuscarinic medications.

Here are 6 tips for treating an overactive

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