Talking to Your Partner About Overactive Bladder


Susan Fishman

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When you gotta go, you gotta go, but you certainly don’t want to talk about it—especially if you have overactive bladder (OAB). Experts believe as many as 30% of men and 40% of women in the U.S. live with OAB symptoms, but the number may be much larger since many people with OAB don't ask for help. Many people even hide their OAB from their significant other because it’s too embarrassing or difficult to talk about. If you don’t know how to explain your bladder challenges, there are a few good places to start.

Bladder Talk

Start with why you’re always in the bathroom. You may think you’ve been able to keep your OAB a secret up until now, but chances are your partner has noticed that you seem to slip off to the restroom quite a bit. He probably won’t be completely shocked to learn that you have to empty your bladder more than most people. Keep the explanation simple, straightforward and light.

Overactive bladder can be an incredibly frustrating condition to live with. Learn from experts and patients about overcoming OAB.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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