Does it feel like you always hurry to the restroom? Sometimes, it’s a drop, sometimes a lot more. You’d run to the bathroom, struggle to get your pants off, and still not make it in time. After a few hours, you may start to smell the accidents. Or perhaps you have accidents for no apparent reason without so much as a warning. Sometimes you walk to your door, place the key in the slot, and you have to go so bad you cannot hold it anymore.
If so, then you may have urge incontinence – also called overactive bladder (OAB). The most common cause of urge incontinence is inappropriate bladder spasms.
For your bladder to work properly, the nerve sensors that tell you the bladder is empty or full must also work properly.
When they don’t, you feel the urge to urinate when your bladder isn’t actually full and your bladder will start contracting at the wrong time.
One way to visualize how it works is as if you’re holding a balloon full of liquid, with the neck of the balloon between your finger and thumb.
The balloon is the bladder, the neck the urethra, your finger and thumb the pelvic floor muscles.
When your finger and thumb get tired, you don’t hold the balloon so tightly. If someone presses down on the balloon, liquid will leak out.
So what is one way to treat urge incontinence?
The most common treated provided for urge incontinence is to write you a prescription for a drug. The medicine works by paralyzing the nerves that sense when the bladder is full. This is great, except the nerves that the medicine act on are also found in the eyes, salivary glands, intestines, and brain. This results in double vision, dry mouth, constipation, and foggy thinking. This is why most people who are provided this medicine quit within the first few months.
So what is the best way to cure urge incontinence?
Well instead of paralyzing the nerves, you can make the urethra stronger. By doing this, your brain will be able to tell the urethra to squeeze tight, which forces the bladder to relax. This is one of the ways that the Better Bladder Center is able to help you regain your bladder control, and cure urge incontinence without the medicines that most doctors like to prescribe.