A normal bladder can hold approximately 2 cups of urine before it needs to be emptied, which is generally an average of 6-8 times in a 24- hour period. If you find yourself searching for the nearest bathroom wherever you go, you may be experiencing overactive bladder syndrome. This situation can lead to urge urinary incontinence (UUI), or the inability to hold back urine when an urge is felt.
Often times people will try to restrict fluids in an effort to remedy this, only to find that they still experience embarrassing leaks on the way to the bathroom. Medications are available to help relax the bladder muscle in an attempt to alleviate this problem, however they can be costly and cause unwanted side effects such as constipation and dry mouth. Many women have found success through the non-invasive treatments offered at Southern Arizona Center for Pelvic Health. Bladder retraining, dietary modifications, and FDA approved treatments such as Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) have shown to be just as effective as medications, with little to no side effects.
If you’re tired of letting your bladder control your life, contact us today to find out how you can get started in a pelvic floor rehabilitation program.