First steps for managing overactive bladder and urgency incontinence

First steps for managing overactive bladder and urgency incontinence

If you have overactive bladder, cutting down your intake of caffeine (for example, from coffee, tea and cola) and making other lifestyle changes may help.

If you have urgency or mixed urinary incontinence (a mixture of stress and urgency symptoms), the first step in your treatment should be 'bladder training', which means that a healthcare professional will help you try methods to increase the time between wanting to urinate and actually passing urine. The bladder training course should last for at least 6 weeks.

Your healthcare professional should not usually offer you any treatments for overactive bladder that use mild electrical current to contract the muscles that play a part in urination.

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