Ever find yourself bolting to the closest bathroom because you’ve just got to go? Roughly 13 million people have some sort of bladder-related problem, including the urgency to go. This condition is called overactive bladder (OAB) and it can wreak havoc on your life.
Not only can an overactive bladder prevent you from sitting in a movie theatre and going on long road trips, but it can seriously damage your sex life as well.
In the United Kingdom, bladder problems are the second biggest worry in regards to aging, right after joint problems. Forty-four percent of the population report being concerned about losing control of their bodily functions due to aging – this is more than the concern for developing diabetes or heart problems. Worse yet, it’s reported that four in 10 people claim that their bladder problems put a damper on their sex lives and relationships.
An overactive bladder can damage your sex life
A person with an overactive bladder may not feel desirable or attractive, which can lead to low libido, lack of communication and can put added stress on a relationship. Even with this in mind, it’s reported that one-third of people with an overactive bladder refuse to seek out medical help unless they deem their condition “really bad.”
Doctors in the field report that although not life-threatening, overactive bladder is still a serious condition that the pathways of communication must become more open to. It can negatively impact the lives of both men and women, and for this reason should be more openly discussed.
Dr. Dawn Harper, who chaired a conference on the topic, said, “In fact, the survey results show that seven in 10 adults have had to make significant changes to their lifestyle because of the condition. Not being able to wear nice underwear is just the tip of the iceberg, with toilet ‘mapping’, avoiding drink, dark clothing and shunning socializing all deemed necessary means of coping. The ripple effect can include anything from damaged relationships, to poor sleep, to anxiety and low self-esteem.”
Hope is on the way with an herbal remedy
Hope may be on the way with the development of an herbal remedy to aid in overactive bladder, and it is being offered as an over-the-counter solution. The product, called UROSTEMOL FEMINA, was created to tackle the symptoms and offer relief from overactive bladder.
Nathalie Beckers from the company said, “New UROSTEMOL is an OTC range that has been traditionally used to relieve complaints like frequent and urgent urination, frequent night-time urination and urinary incontinence, and offers an alternative treatment option for the 13 million people in the UK who have to live with these symptoms every day.”
How to naturally treat an overactive bladder
If you can’t get your hands on the new product, there are other natural remedies you can try to help improve your overactive bladder and boost your libido once again. Natural tips to treat an overactive bladder include:
- Eating foods with fiber, including whole grains and vegetables, to keep your bladder strong
- Avoiding stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, which can worsen bladder health
- Managing medical conditions
- Regulating your bowel movements – preventing constipation
These tips can further help promote bladder health as well as prevent an overactive bladder.