An overactive bladder causes the sufferer to feel a frequent and sudden urge to urinate. The condition may cause incontinence. Some people are too embarrassed to discuss treatment options with their doctor. Some home treatments can help get control of the bladder and remedy the condition.
You can train your bladder to cope with the sudden urge to urinate. Begin training your bladder by waiting just a few minutes when you feel the urge to urinate. When you feel the urge to urinate, wait two or three minutes before going to the bathroom. Train your bladder to wait longer and longer intervals between the time you feel the urge and when you head to the bathroom. Eventually the wait time between bathroom trips will extend three to four hours.
Kegels are exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Men and women can both perform these exercises to help remedy an overactive bladder. To find the correct muscles, stop your urine stream the next time you are in the bathroom. The muscles that you use to stop urine are the ones that you will be working in your exercises.
Contract the muscles and hold for four or five seconds. Release the muscle, rest for a couple of seconds and repeat the contraction. Complete a set of 10 or 20 of these contractions for one set of exercises. Do10 sets of exercises a day to strengthen your muscles and have better control over urination. Performing fewer of these exercises per day is not as effective as completing at least 10 sets.
The exercises can be completed anywhere at any time of the day. Schedule your kegel exercises so that they become a part of your daily routine.
Scheduled Bathroom Breaks
Traditional medicine recommends scheduling your bathroom breaks during the day to treat an overactive bladder. Plan your bathroom breaks at the same time every day to further train your bladder to void under your control. Your bathroom breaks should be about three or four hours apart at the same times every day.
An overactive bladder may be the result of not emptying it completely during urination. During your scheduled bathroom breaks, wait some additional time to ensure that you completely empty your bladder.
The home treatments for an overactive bladder focus on behavior modification. These treatments may take some time to work for your condition.