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Putting an Overactive Bladder to Bed
After a long day, you’ve settled down for a comfortable night’s sleep. You’re just drifting off when suddenly you feel a warm wetness between your legs — something you haven’t felt since you were about five years old. You’ve wet the bed.
For the approximately 16% of people over the age of 18 who have an overactive bladder (OAB), this kind of upsetting incident can become a regular occurrence. Even if they make it to the bathroom in time, they wake up so often to urinate that they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep.
Overactive bladder (OAB) takes its toll on many aspects of your life, including your interpersonal relationships. For many of the estimated 30 million Americans who live with OAB — especially women — sex can be excruciatingly painful, not to mention tinged with the fear of leakage and/or odor.
Regardless of what caused your OAB, from medication side effects or neurological conditions to urinary tract infections or pregnancy, “if you are experiencing frequency, urgency, or pain in the bladder area…
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