What can you do about your overactive bladder or “peehavior?”
This weekend, it’s Girl Talk About #Peehavior sponsored by Astellas! And, low and behold, I often times teach yoga at the Astellas office in Northbrook, Illinois. I wanted to get more information to see if the female “peehavior” was on point. Honestly, I am a natural connector and love gathering more helpful tips for common issues facing women. After all, we aren’t aware of your bodies as much as we should be because we are always so busy taking care of others — a parent or a child or even a co-worker. The list goes on but this blog post requires you to hit the pause button to just become aware of your own peehavior!!! You deserve your own attention for a moment. It’s self-care for you! Okay! Here’s the 411.
Is your #Peehavior healthy?
Most of us have tingled a little in our panties after holding it too long. Did you KNOW that nearly 46 million Americans, age 40 and older, experience overactive bladder symptoms?? Incontinence? Well, according to Astellas, a big pharmacy leader, about 60% of women surveyed rarely or never think about their bladder situation. Most women are living a shroud of secrecy about their peehavior. The peehavior of women is different than men. You notice this by observing the long queue lines of women waiting for the pearly porcelain abodes at the airport. The wait line for men is so drastically different. Well, can we say, short. So, there are differences between peehavior of men versus women.
Although most women surveyed don’t think or talk about their bladder health, their peehavior tells a different story. Just under half of women surveyed have used a men’s bathroom because the line for the women’s room was too long. Hello! That’s evidence! About 86% of women survey have peed somewhere other than a bathroom. The top three most unusual places women reported peeing were: 19% behind the Bushes, 17% in the Woods, 16% on the Roadside. Talk about taking road side assistance to another level.
The American Urological Association (AUA) identifies the major symptom of overactive bladder (OAB) as a sudden, strong urge to urinate that you can’t control. Urgency is when you feel a strong need to urinate that is difficult to control and frequency means that you need to urinate too often. Leakage is also known as “accidentally urinating” after a sudden, uncontrollable urge.
What are the causes of overactive peehavior? Here are some of the top reasons why women will tend to have overactive peehavior.
- Weakened pelvic floor muscles after having several births
- Hormonal changes
- High impact exercise
- Higher than average BMI
- Chronic cough
- Rare or unsuspected mass compressing the bladder, etc.
What are some potential lifestyle remedies or helpful tips to deal with an overactive peehavior?
After all, 1 out of 3 women live with bladder leakage, wearing pads “just in case.”
- Manage your fluid intake throughout the day and how much to drink before bedtime.
- Drink plain water and eat non-citrus fruits like apricots, papayas, watermelons and pears.
- Avoid spicy, citrus and tomato-based foods which can irritate your bladder.
What are the new wellness innovations out there for urinary incontinence? What can you do about your “Peehavior?”
- This pill is formulated to reduce the urge to urinate. The side effects will vary from person to person. Ask your doctor about Myrbetriq if you don’t have a history of liver or kidney problems. It is the most prescribed medication for an overactive bladder. Like any medication, there are side effects so ask your doctor. Report any negative side effect to the FDA. 1-800-FDA-1088. www.myrbetriq.com
- A new pelvic fitness device, ApexM, was developed by inventor, Buzz Peddicord of InControl Medical for urinary leakage specific symptoms. This probe device uses muscle stimulation to properly exercise kegel muscles and strengthen the pelvic floor. It feels like your vaginal muscles are pulling upward and inward then relaxing. These pelvic floor contractions strengthen the muscles giving you greater control of your bladder. ApexM works best for bladder leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising also know as stress. ApexM also helps urge and mixed urinary incontinence. This product is being tested further to help with more than just bladder leakage at the several universities. InControl is claiming 90% effective rate on improving your incontinence chances. For ApexM to work properly you must use it for 10 minutes per day, 6 days a week for 90 days. To maintain the muscle growth after the 90 days (and you’ve seen improvement) it’s recommended to resume treatments a few times a week, or when symptoms start showing again. It comes in a grey pouch with conductive gel, which is recommended to use for muscle stimulation to be delivered correctly. All InControl Medical products are manufactured near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was fortunate enough to visit myself and the place was impeccable. I was impressed by the electrical circuit assembly process. Click here to order for a $100 discount on ApexM. Use code AF204. Don’t miss out on treating your bladder leakage with a noninvasive option.
- Another incontinence solution as seen on Dr. Oz is the O-SHOT. The O-SHOT was developed by Dr. Charles Runels. The way this works is as follows. Your blood is drawn and the platelets are then centrifuged out and saved for injection. The platelets are then injected with a needle into the vaginal canal preferably at the G-spot. This procedure is performed at medical spas nationwide but only lasts about 18 months to 2 years. This shot can be used in conjunction with the Apex pelvic fitness device listed above. You can discuss this with your doctor and/or visit their website. Click here.
Make sure to ask your doctor if you are not sure whether or not your “peehavior” is normal. If not, it’s so common to live without ever asking your physician. Be the change and invest in your own self care regime. Don’t go it alone! People like Dr Ekene Enemchukwu, MD have some potential solutions. Ekene is a practicing female pelvic medicine urologist with a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a general surgery and urology training from Vanderbilt University Medical . She has been published in Urology, Journal of Urology and more. She is currently teaching at Stanford University.
Dena Dodd Perry loves studying beauty and wellness innovations. Dena is the founder of Yogashero. She is an award-winning market researcher and influencer with over 20 years of science and marketing experience. Dena is also corporate yoga teacher 500CYT. Her past products have been featured on Dr. Oz, ShopNBC, Beauty Business, Women’s Health Magazine and more. She is also a spokesperson for Beautycounter for small group discussions on beauty safety education. Dena received her industrial engineering and MBA degrees from Northwestern University. Her passion is sharing good information in the beauty and wellness space.
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