Mind Over Bladder: Mental Tricks for Managing OAB


Linda Wasmer Andrews

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If you have overactive bladder (OAB), you know that it’s a very real physical issue. But although the problem is physical, some time-tested methods for managing it are psychological.

The mental strategies below may help control the urge to go. These techniques may also ease stress and anxiety about the possibility of having an accident.

Mental strategies are easy to learn, simple to use, and free of harmful side effects. Such strategies are often combined with other OAB treatments, such as pelvic muscle exercises and medication. Ask your doctor how these approaches fit into your personal treatment plan for OAB.

It’s not something people want to talk about, but overactive bladder is more common than you might think. Make sure you can separate fact from fiction.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015