If you’re planning a vacation to another country, planning to drive a long distance or any kind of travel, you may be concerned about how to manage overactive bladder on the road. The good news is that you’ve got options and, once you’ve got a plan in place, you can feel confident about moving forward and going the distance!
Building a Strategy
If you’re traveling by train or airplane, make sure to get an aisle seat and if possible, make sure that seat is near a restroom. This will give you easier access to the bathroom as well as a little peace of mind knowing that when you feel the urge, you have that access.
If you’re going to be on the road, plan to make regular stops at least every two hours. You can download apps that help you locate restrooms or rest stops along the way. The key here is doing your research and planning. You can’t always predict when your OAB symptoms will trip you up, but you can plan for it.
Limit Caffeine & Fluids
If you know you’re going to be without ready access to a toilet, limit your fluid intake and any diuretic substances like coffee, tea or carbonated drinks.
Strengthening your pelvic muscles using kegel exercises is one way to regain some control over your bladder function when it comes to urge incontinence. Talk to your doctor about how to properly strengthen your pelvic floor.
Intermittent Catheterization & Incontinence Pads
If you’ve got a more severe or unpredictable case of OAB, talk to your doctor about catheters. In some cases, this is the best course of action and can help you manage your symptoms much better and leave you feeling more confident about your travels. If you are accident-prone, consider traveling with incontinence pads as well.
How Advanced Urology Can Help
Talking about OAB isn’t always easy, but with Advanced Urology, you can rest assured that we’ll meet your concerns with care and confidence. If you’re concerned by your OAB symptoms, there are treatments available – from medications to medical procedures, depending on your health condition and your needs. Take the first step today when you call one of our patient care coordinators and schedule your initial consultation with one of our specialists.