“Overactive bladder is a very treatable condition. Oxytrol® for women gives them access to an affective proven treatment that can help their symptoms,” according to Dr. Eman Elkadry, clinical instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School. Overactive bladder (OAB) can affect a woman’s self-esteem, intimacy, and cause humiliation and embarrassment. Furthermore, the discomfort associated with overactive bladder can feel overwhelming at times and emotionally draining. According to a survey conducted by the National Association for Continence (NAFC) OAB is treatable and women don’t have to be embarrassed; however, 80 percent of women who suffer don’t seek proper treatment.
The medical condition affects more than 20 million, or 17 percent of adult women in the United States (U.S.), (NAFC). OAB also can have an impact on lifestyle. Commonly it occurs in women on average of age 52; however, “it can definitely occur in a younger population, and it does increase in prevalence with every decade of life. It can affect women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s,” said Dr. Elkadry.
Oxytrol® for women is unique because it is convenient, discreet, painless, and doesn’t require a prescription for use. The patch is the first and only over-the-counter treatment to help relieve OAB symptoms that occur day and night. Women don’t have to limit their active lifestyles while wearing the patch. Oxytrol® for women is applied and rotated between the hip, buttock, and abdomen.
Oxytrol® for women includes Oxybutynin as a main drug component; however, Oxytrol® for women offers less side effects overall. Oral Oxybutynin side effects include dry mouth and constipation. The patch side effects include less dry mouth, less constipation, less blurred vision. Once applied, the patch is convenient because individuals don’t have to remember to take a daily pill. With Oxytrol® for women the patch last for four days each.
Symptoms of an overactive bladder
- Increased frequency
- Urinary incontinence – you leak!
- Involuntary release of urine
A clear sign of an overactive bladder is when “you’re on your way to the bathroom, and you have that sudden urge and you couldn’t control it,” said Dr. Elkadry. [After using Oxytrol® for women] "women should see an improvement in the symptoms within two weeks, and hopefully less episodes of waking up at night as well” said Dr. Elkadry.
It’s important for women to pay attention to their body and discuss any medical concerns because many women don’t realize that they’re experiencing OAB. “Many women think ‘I’m just getting older, leakage is part of aging,” said Dr. Elkadry. Acknowledging that there is a possible bladder concern can be intimidating for some. Women learn to cope through different tactics, such as going to the bathroom prior to going out, or make numerous stops to the bathroom while out.
Different behavior modifications can help with leakage and overactive bladder. Dr. Elkadry stated that there are pelvic muscle exercises such as Kegel, which can sometimes help strengthen pelvic muscles. However, women sometimes need physical therapy for additional assistance. Fluid modifications are also useful; women avoid liquids that trigger the bladder such as caffeine, soda, or artificial sweeteners. “[Also] spacing out fluid’s so that you’re not drinking a large amount at once at random times. Steady intake of foods over the course of day and timed voiding. Instead of waiting for that urge to affect you, you make a schedule for your bladder and void according to the schedule, and that helps the bladder learn not to have the over activity at random times,” said Dr. Elkadry.
The medical condition should be treated to decrease the risk of indirect health consequences. “No matter the age or how long it’s been going on, the treatment is the same and can be very responsive to the behavior [techniques] as well as Oxytrol® for women, and other medications for overactive bladder.”
She continued, “Part of our hope with this over the counter medication is that women will see it, they’ll be better informed about overactive bladder, they’ll understand there’s an effective treatment option, and if they don’t improve with [Oxytrol® for women], they’ll speak with their doctor to find out about other treatment options.”
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