Talking to Your Doctor About Overactive Bladder

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Talking to Your Doctor About Overactive Bladder

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Don't Hold It In!

"Women are notoriously reluctant to discuss urinary and bowel problems with their physicians," says Catherine Matthews, M.D., associate professor in the division of urogynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. They may be embarrassed about their symptoms, or think that they’re the only ones experiencing them. But in fact, OAB is a fairly common problem. An estimated 33 million people in the United States have overactive bladder, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). So be upfront with your doctor about what you’re experiencing. He or she will be able to determine if you have OAB and, most important, tailor a treatment plan that’s best for you.

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