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Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition that results in the sudden urge to urinate. OAB or urgency incontinence means that the bladder cannot hold urine normally, this can cause people to feel an unexpected impulse to pee as well as a frequent need to urinate.    

An overactive bladder can feel difficult to control, and people with this condition often feel like they need to pass urine an abnormal amount of times day and night. Besides coping with sudden urges to urinate, there is also the looming threat of experiencing an unintentional loss of urine. OAB can cause a great deal of physical and emotional stress for sufferers, as one is never sure they will make it to the toilet in time. 

OAB can be treated: a proven and effective solution is the Este Medical Emsella pelvic floor treatment. The Esmella chair device uses electromagnetic energy to help strengthen and tone the muscles of the pelvic floor. The procedure is simple and requires no special preparation or recovery time.

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What Causes Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

An overactive bladder can affect how often you pee and your state of urgency. The condition is more common in people 65 and older, however women are often more affected by OAB earlier in life (i.e., pregnancy). Overactive bladder has many causes and typically is represented by a collection of symptoms. OAB can be caused by the following: 

  • Abdominal trauma: women are often more affected by OAB, as pregnancy and childbirth can adversely stretch and weaken the pelvic muscles. Physical damage to the muscles (specifically the detrusor muscle) and tissues that support the bladder in the lower abdomen can cause the bladder to shift out of its normal position.    
  • Infection: a urinary tract infection (UTI) can irritate the bladder nerves and cause the bladder to squeeze without warning. Chronic bacterial infections may exacerbate OAB symptoms. 
  • Nerve damage: as the bladder fills with urine, nerve signals are sent to the brain to alert you of the need to pee. With OAB the body sends these signals at the wrong times which can cause a sudden urge to urinate that is difficult to control. Disease and physical trauma can cause neurological damage, for instance abdominal surgery, herniated discs, enlarged prostate, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.   
  • Being overweight: having extra body weight can put pressure on the bladder, which can cause urge incontinence. It is important to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Menopause: hormonal changes such as oestrogen (i.e., estrogen) deficiency during perimenopause and menopause may cause urgency incontinence. Loss of oestrogen can lead to decreased muscle strength, especially in the pelvic area.
  • Medication: there are medications that can affect signals to the brain and cause the bladder to overflow. Some drugs may increase the onset or exacerbation of urinary incontinence, for example diuretics. Alcohol and caffeine can also play a role in causing the bladder to fill rapidly and leak.   

Unfortunately this is not a definitive list of OAB causes. If you suspect you have an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence talk to your GP about bladder training, pelvic floor muscle health and other potential treatments like our Emsella pelvic floor treatment

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Treatment Options: Overactive Bladder (OAB)

An overactive bladder does not go away on its own, you need to be proactive when dealing with a weak bladder because symptoms might get worse. You should start with appropriate lifestyle changes like losing weight and exercising more (e.g., pelvic floor exercises), reducing your intake of caffeine and alcohol, and eating a healthy diet of foods to maintain bowel regularity. 

Este Medical Group offers a proven and effective option called Emsella pelvic floor treatment. The non-invasive Emsella chair device delivers a pelvic floor physiotherapy treatment that tightens pelvic floor muscles to treat urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. 

Emsella targets the pelvic floor muscles and stimulates them with HIFEM (high-intensity focused electromagnetic) energy which causes the muscles to contract and strengthen. It gives the pelvic floor muscles a deep internal workout; one treatment session can deliver the equivalent of 11,000 pelvic floor contractions. Pelvic floor muscle strength and health is very important and Emsella offers a non-surgical way to improve the performance of these vital muscles for women and men. 

There is no need to feel embarrassed about an overactive bladder, it can be treated, and you will improve your quality of life once you take action. Now is the time to benefit from pelvic floor muscle toning and strengthening, contact us to book an OAB consultation today.

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