Behavioral Therapies

5 Things That Cause An Overactive Bladder (and How to Fix it)

Behavioral interventions are the first choice in helping manage an overactive bladder. These lifestyle changes are often effective and they carry no side effects. Behavioral interventions may include:

  • Taking voiding chart or bladder diary regularly. The amount of water intake each time and the amount of urine output each time should be recorded on the chart throughout 24 hours in a day.

  • Restricting water intake at least 2 hours before going to sleep at nighttime in order to avoid urination at night while sleeping

  • Avoiding all beverages that induce frequent urination such as caffeine, tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol

  • In case that diuretic drugs are prescribed, adjustment of dosage regimen might be additionally required

  • Bladder training. Bladder training involves training bladder to delay voiding when feeling an urge to urinate. Patients might begin with small delays, such as 30 minutes and gradually work the way up to urinating every three to four hours. Bladder training is possible only if patients are able to tighten or contract pelvic floor muscles successfully.

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