It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime.
September is Urology Awareness Month, organized by the Urology Foundation to raise money and awareness of diseases of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system.
One particularly common urological disease, which affects an estimated 33 million Americans, is Overactive Bladder (OAB).
With that in mind, we offer this brief summary of facts about Overactive Bladder and the options for treating it.
What exactly is OAB?
The main symptom of OAB is the urgent need to urinate that can’t be ignored. This “gotta go” feeling makes people afraid that they’ll leak urine if they don’t find a bathroom right away. The technical term for urine leakage is “urgency incontinence,” which can range from just a few drops to a sudden gush, depending on the person.
Another symptom is “frequent urination,” which is definied by the need to go to the bathroom 8 times in 24 hours.
“Nocturia” is yet another symptom, which is when a person is awakened to go to the bathroom more than once a night.
“It’s not a normal part of aging,” explains the Urology Care Foundation. “It’s a health problem that can last for a long time if it’s not treated. Many older men (30%) and women (40%) struggle with OAB symptoms.”
How does it affect quality of life?
The Foundation summarizes the impact of OAB on those who have it:
“You may not want to do things you enjoy because you worry about finding a bathroom in time. It can disrupt your sleep and sex life. It can leave you tired and short-tempered, or leaks can lead to a rash or infections. The whole experience can make anyone feel hopeless and very unhappy.”
A separate bladder disease is “Stress Urinary Incontinence” (SUI), which is defined by leakage of urine while sneezing, laughing or being active. Unlike OAB, the urgent “gotta go” symptom is not present with SUI.
What are the treatment options?
Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for OAB, including lifestyle changes, prescription drugs, botox bladder injections, and nerve stimulation therapy (which can be either externally applied or surgically implanted).
Our own MagniLife Bladder Relief addresses the full range of symptoms by helping you regain control by relieving the leaks and dribbles from overactive bladder and stress.*
The quick-dissolving tablets of MagniLife Bladder Relief contain seven different active ingredients for fast relief of the sudden urge to urinate, while helping to lessen leaks from coughing, laughing or sneezing.*
What’s more, it can be taken alone or with other OTC or prescription medications and has no known side effects.*
Although the symptoms of any urological problem can be difficult or embarrassing to talk about, it is very important not to ignore it.
Please join us in shining a spotlight on Urology Awareness Month by sharing this newsletter with friends and family. Together, we can get people talking openly about all urological diseases, and help improve the lives of those who suffer from them.