6 Tips for Managing Overactive Bladder

Before medication, start with healthy habits.

While not necessarily physically harmful or life threatening, overactive bladder (OAB) can be embarrassing and limit your work and social life. There are certain medications and procedures that can treat OAB, but because some come with a fairly hefty price tag, I will always start by recommending changes to lifestyle habits that may be causing--and even exacerbating--the issue. I’ve been at Mayo Clinic for 22 years, and in my experience, these six tips are most effective for improving overactive bladder.



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Daniel Elliott, MD

Daniel Elliott, MD, is an associate professor of urology with a focus on pelvic and reconstructive surgery at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. View his Healthgrades profile >

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Publish Date: Jan 8, 2016

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