An open and honest discussion is your first step
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a medical condition that can be managed through lifestyle changes and/or prescription medicine. If you think you may have OAB, make an appointment to see your healthcare professional (HCP).
Having an open and honest talk with your healthcare professional is an important part of working towards managing your OAB. Keeping a detailed record of your symptoms may help you find it easier to share them with your HCP, and to describe how they are affecting you.
During your visit with your HCP, bring up the subject of your bladder symptoms early in your talk so that you have time to discuss treatment options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Here are some more ways you can make the most of your visits with your HCP:
Make a special appointment to discuss your OAB symptoms, or raise the issue early in your healthcare visit, so your HCP knows how you feel.
Let your HCP know that managing your OAB symptoms is important to you. If you don’t succeed the first time in letting your HCP know how OAB affects you, try again.
When talking to your doctor, it’s important not to downplay your symptoms. Keep a written record of your fluid intake, the number of times you urinate, and the number of accidents you have and when they occur.
Are you ready to start the conversation?
OAB: Talking to Your Healthcare Professional
There are several types of HCPs that you can talk to about your bladder symptoms, including your primary care physician, OB/GYN, urologist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and pharmacist. Hear from National OAB educator and Nurse Practitioner Diane Newman, DNP, on speaking up about your OAB symptoms.