Natural Treatments for Overactive Bladder (OAB)
There are a few non-pharmacologic treatment options for an Overactive Bladder to try once diagnosed with OAB to help decrease your bothersome bladder symptoms.
- Avoid known dietary irritants such as caffeine, carbonation, and alcohol. Other common irritants are foods and fluids high in acid such as citrus fruits and juices, spicy, and tomato based foods.
- Drink normal quantities of fluids. It may seem sensible to cut back on the amount that you drink so the bladder does not fill so quickly. However, this can make symptoms worse as the urine becomes more concentrated, which may irritate the bladder muscle. Aim to drink normal quantities of fluids each day which is about 6-8 cups or 2 liters.
- Try to live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding cigarette smoking as both of these are known to worsen the symptoms of an overactive bladder.
Learn More about fluid control with our Tips to Reduce Urinary Frequency with Urgency
Behavioral Therapy/Bladder Retraining
Timed voiding or bladder retraining drills are very helpful and usually one of the first lines of therapy for overactive bladder. This excellent treatment is free, completely safe, and effective in improving symptoms in two thirds of patients suffering from this common disorder.
Get started with our Behavioral Therapy/Bladder Retraining Guide
Physical Therapy/Kegel Exercises
Pelvic muscle exercises (Kegels) are used to strengthen or retrain the muscles of the pelvic floor. Regular daily exercising of the pelvic muscles can improve and even prevent urinary incontinence.
Get started with our Physical Therapy/Kegel Exercises Guide
Biofeedback/Pelvic Floor Stimulation
- If you are having problems performing pelvic floor exercises, your doctor may prescribe this treatment, in addition, to the Kegel exercises.
- Pelvic floor electrical stimulation consists of a special electrical device inserted into the vagina of women and rectums of men to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles with the aim of making them contract and become stronger.
- This is usually scheduled on a weekly basis for six weeks in the office and lasts about 20-30 minutes.
Even with doing these treatments, it may still be necessary to add a medication to the treatment plan to give you the best relief of bothersome bladder symptoms.
If you have any questions about any of the treatments or think a specific treatment is the right option for you, please discuss these options with your physician, request an appointment or contact us today at 815.409.4930.