There are many conditions and diseases involving the urologic and reproductive
systems, such as bladder infections that require treatment with antibiotics. They
are more common in women and may recur frequently. Another ailment, overactive
bladder (OAB) is a very common problem that is at least partially responsive
to healthy behavioral and lifestyle choices. It is estimated that at least 50 million
American women and men suffer to some degree from overactive bladders that
cause sudden, involuntary, and difficult to control urges to urinate and frequent
urination, often when the bladder is only partially full. Individuals with OAB often
have urinary incontinence that causes wetting accidents because they cannot always
prevent urination when an urge occurs.
A similar common problem is the involuntary leakage of urine because of the stress incontinence that occurs when intra-abdominal pressure spikes from a cough, sneeze, laughter, or physical exertion.
Although OAB occurs more frequently among older adults, it is not a universal
consequence of aging. Conditions that increase the likelihood of OAB include
obesity, neurological disorders such as dementia, various medications (e.g., those
taken for hypertension), enlarged prostates, and among women, weak pelvic floor
muscles from childbearing or lack of physical fitness. The consumption of some
foods and beverages that irritate the bladder can also increase the likelihood of
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