Overactive Bladder in Females Q/A
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The bladder is an organ in the urinary tract that helps remove urine from the body, storing urine until it is time to pass it through the urethra. When the bladder is overactive, it can cause symptoms such as needing to urinate often, having strong urine odors, needing to urinate at night, and having urine leakage (incontinence). While many people experience this symptom from time to time, for some it can be constant and interfere with their quality of life.
There are several causes of an overactive bladder in women, some of the most common include:
– Nerve Damage — There are several diseases, as well as types of trauma, that can cause misfiring of signals to the brain and the bladder, resulting in an attempt to empty the bladder at the wrong time. The damage caused by medical conditions or types of trauma can confuse the nerves in the brain and the bladder about when the bladder needs to be emptied and may result from a variety of different situations, including:
– Back surgery
– Pelvic surgery
– Multiple sclerosis
– Parkinson’s disease
– Herniated disc
– Weak Pelvic Floor — The pelvic floor refers to the layers of muscle at the base of the abdomen, attached to the pelvis. If the strength of these muscles is compromised by a medical condition, from lack of exercise, or due to aging, it is referred to as a weak pelvic floor. Weak pelvic floor muscles can cause the bladder to sag and move out of its original position, resulting in problems with bladder leakage and an overactive bladder.
– Infection — Infections, such as urinary tract infections, can affect any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder, urethra, and ureters. In any of these cases, it can cause irritation to the nerves surrounding the bladder. As a result, this can cause the bladder to contract without warning, leading to incontinence or the frequent need to urinate.
– Caffeine, Medications, and Alcohol — Caffeine, alcohol, and certain types of medications can impact how nerve signals are sent to the brain. Medications, such as diuretics and caffeine, can cause the bladder to fill up quickly, resulting in an urgent need to empty the bladder. Not only does this increase the frequency of urination, but it can also potentially result in bladder leakage.
– Excess Weight — Having extra body weight puts additional pressure on the bladder, which can lead to the development of incontinence or an overactive bladder.
The overactive bladder has different symptoms, including:
– Frequently urinating
– Urgency when urinating
– Nocturia (frequent need to urinate at night)
Certain foods can irritate the bladder, triggering it to become overactive, such as:
– Tomato products
– Coffee and tea
– Oranges, limes, and lemons
– Alcoholic beverages
– Carbonated beverages
– Spicy foods
– Processed foods
An overactive bladder can be cured in some situations, including those caused by a curable underlying condition. If the cause of the overactive bladder is easily remedied, the condition can be completely cured. However, some conditions that can cause an overactive bladder are more difficult to treat and do not have any known cure. In these cases, treating the condition will likely improve the condition, but not eliminate it completely.
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