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If the answer is ‘yes’, you might have overactive bladder syndrome (OAB). OAB affects 12% of people and can impact significantly on quality of life. I often meet women who have adjusted their lifestyle to cope with their overactive bladder problem, such as avoiding social occasions with friends and family for fear of leaking urine. The good news is that these problems can often be completely cured.
Before women come to see me with overactive bladder problems I recommend trying simple lifestyle modifications such as cutting down on tea & coffee and reducing fluid intake in the evening. These simple adjustments can sometimes make a big difference. Next step is usually bladder re-training and pelvic floor exercises
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Tablets for overactive bladder can be effective for some women. Side-effects include dry mouth and constipation, and some tablets can cause problems with high blood pressure.
Botox® bladder injections can be a very effective treatment, often leading to significant improvement in quality of life, although carry a 15% risk of causing problems with bladder emptying. Treatment effects wear off usually after about 6-9 months. Some private health insurance companies will cover your first Botox® treatment.