This is a blog post created by FabOverFifty.com which has been sponsored by MSD Consumer Care, Inc. the makers of OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, I sure use the bathroom more than I used to!” or “Why do I keep having accidents?” You may be one of the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder (OAB) in the U.S. if you have 2 of the 3 symptoms such as a strong need to urinate right away, frequent urination or experiencing “accidents” for at least 3 months.
“The exact cause of OAB is unknown, but it does increase in prevalence with age. However, women should know that OAB is not a normal part of aging and it can be treated, by providing symptom relief, improving quality of life,” says Dr. Eman Elkadry, Clinical Instructor Harvard Medical School; Boston Urogynecology Associates at Mount Auburn Hospital and spokesperson for the makers of OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN. We’re delighted to let you know that OAB is treatable over-the-counter as a result of the availability of OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN.
Is OAB the same thing as stress urinary incontinence (SUI)?
No. “OAB occurs due to contractions of the bladder muscle, leading to bladder emptying before it is full. This may cause urinary frequency (more than is perceived to be normal by a woman), urgency (a sudden urge to go to the bathroom that cannot be put off), and/or accidents,” Dr. Elkadry explains. “On the other hand, a woman with SUI has weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and other muscles responsible for preventing urine leakage. Thus, increased pressure on the abdomen (like laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising), the bladder then ‘leaks’ a little because the muscles are weak.”
If you’re interested in trying OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN, it’s a simple patch application to your abdomen, hip or buttock. Pretty easy, right?
“The OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN patch delivers oxybutynin for four days and nights to help relax the bladder muscle that is overactive. With a four-day patch, women don’t have to remember to take a daily pill,” says Dr. Elkadry.
You will have greater success on the patch if you use consistently and also modify your lifestyle—try to increase the time between bathroom visits to help re-train your bladder. You may also want to limit your intake of certain foods and drinks like coffee, citrus fruits and spicy foods—they can all make OAB worse.
The solution is in the feminine care aisle— now let’s all take a sigh of relief.
Visit OxytrolForWomen.com to learn more.
If you’ve had a positive experience using OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN, as directed,
and would be interested in sharing your story with the media please contact: OxytrolForWomen@mahercomm.com. You can also submit your success story on OxytrolForWomen.com to share your testimonial with other women like you.