How does an overactive bladder interfere with my quality of life?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Overactive bladder remains under-diagnosed because many people feel embarrassed to talk to their doctor about the problem. Left untreated, the condition can decrease your quality of life if you withdraw from social activities and avoid intimate relationships. You may also alter your lifestyle due to frequent bathroom trips and feel a great deal of anxiety and depression as a  result.
Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Overactive bladder has a huge impact on psychosocial function and quality of life. Not only does it interfere with daily activities, but it could also have a significant negative impact on sexual function and marital satisfaction. This is also linked with depression and anxiety. If you’re getting up more than twice a night to urinate, the lack of sleep can affect work performance and has a financial burden based on just this alone. One study that looked at severe incontinence estimated that about $3,600 is spent annually by people over the age of 65 due to incontinence.

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