Gotta Go! by Maria Dorfner

Do you find yourself running to the rest room more often than not lately?   If you suddenly experience a strong urge to urinate, with barely enough time to make it to a bathroom, you may have an overactive bladder.

Studies show overactive bladder affects at least – and possibly more – 17 percent of women in the United States.  Possibly more due to the embarrassment of reporting it to doctors.

Overactive Bladder or Urinary incontinence affects 200 million people worldwide, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC).

It affects women AND men.

  • Male continence products are a $200M market in U.S.    Double in size for women

A minor problem can usually be managed with pelvic muscle exercises, bladder training, and the use of absorbent pads.  The good news is that most problems of incontinence can be successfully controlled, or even cured, with the right treatment.

Many people are embarrassed by the stigma associated with incontinence, so they don’t talk to their doctors about it. Instead of talking to a doctor about their symptoms, they rearrange their lives around the problem by constantly strategizing to ensure easy access to bathrooms, and by giving up activities like exercising, socializing, traveling, taking on new career opportunities, and even having sex because they fear uncontrollable leakage.

So much so that a guy named Ron L. Wierks developed what he believes is a solution for men who Gotta Go! I think this is awesome.

That’s right.  It’s a bag that men can use anywhere at anytime.  It actually looks like a dark garbage bag –only it’s smaller.  Biodegradable. Odorless.  If anyone wants more info on it, they can call 1-800-313-0991.  Wierks just launched it internationally this month.  It’s called GO GUY.

I want to know where GO GAL is.

I’m trying to think if guys would use it and where — in the car –stuck in traffic — DEFINITELY.  How about long line at a public rest room?  You still have to hide to go use the baggie, but I guess people can find a discreet place.  This would be great at concerts too or sports gatherings.  It fits in wallets.

Again, I want to see the female version. I don’t know how much they cost. Wait. Calling now to find out. Yes, I write stream of consciousness. I got forwarded to Voice Mail.  I left a message.  Let’s see if they call back.   I’m all about Customer Service, even if it’s for a pee bag.

Yep. He called back right away. That’s the type of Customer Service I love.  You can order the product via their website, which is: http://www.askgoguy.com which has all the pricing information on it too.  Wierks says they are indeed developing one for women too.

“My main criterion is making it small and compact.  I’m hoping to have one for women by this Spring or Summer.  My wife is helping me design it.” -Ron L. Wierks

He says military and government are using them already and moms who drive around with kids.

“Moms, like Soccer Moms love them because they travel long distances with kids.  They got tired of having to stop so the boys could use a rest room all the time.”

Back to gals.  They may experience an overactive bladder problem related to menopause and aging.  During the period before the menopause and menopause itself, the level of estrogen – begin to fall.   Estrogen helps healthy tissue to maintain the bladder and urethra (see diagram below if you don’t know where that is in your body).

The rule of thumb to define “a problem” is if you “go” more than 8 times in 24-hours.  If you see a doctor, he will do a pelvic exam and do lab tests to find out if you have a urinary tract infection or other problems.

In order to rule out a problem, first you have to try eliminating foods and beverages, known to irritate the bladder, triggering urges.  Start eliminating them one at a time, so you can isolate the cause.  Keeping a daily journal of what you eat and drink helps.

Many people are surprised to learn how dramatically what they eat and drink can affect bladder function.  Here’ a list of beverages and foods known to trigger a run to the rest room:

  • coffee and black tea
  • citrus fruits and juices
  • chocolate
  • regular and diet sodas
  • alcohol
  • spicy foods
  • tomatoes and tomato-based foods and sauces
  • artificial sweeteners
  • vinegar and vinegar-based salad dressings

To protect your bladder from irritation and urges:

  • Drink eight glasses of water, spaced throughout the day.

If you end up finding you do  have a problem, here are some of the treatments available, which you can discuss with your physician:

Some treatments claim to strengthen muscles and muscle control and reduce irritation treatments improve. Your doctor or specialist to work with you the type of bladder problem you have and develop the best treatment plan for analysis. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, muscle strengthening exercises, bladder training, and before considering the drug – which can have side effects – or surgery.

FOR WOMEN:  The following strategies the most common treatment for problems associated with menopause bladder, to estimate your doctor may recommend.

Estrogen

If the symptoms begin during perimenopause bladder or other symptoms of menopause, talk to your obstetrician / gynecologist about the pros and cons of  hormone therapy.  This is different from systemic therapy, the hormone orally distributed throughout the body uses, and less risk.

Other Drugs

Some medications can help with overactive bladder, but usually the treatment of choice because they can have side effects. Known as anticholinergics, block the action of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that stimulates the bladder to contract. The reduction of contraction, sudden urge to watch. Ordinary marks are Ditropan, Detrol, Oxytrol, Enablex, Sanctura and Vesicare. The problem is that anticholinergic drugs may also block any other body, causing side effects like dry eyes, dry mouth and constipation. Some of the women also reported problems with memory and cognitive problems of the drug.

Biofeedback

Many experts recommend that you use biofeedback to help the process of upgrading to the bladder and pelvic floor muscles to strengthen. Biofeedback uses electrodes to measure heart rate, body temperature and respiration. It is designed to help you become more aware of the bladder and the muscles you use when urinating, to develop greater control.

Surgical Treatment of Sacral nerve stimulus

Electrically stimulate the nerves controlling the bladder urine can significantly reduce or prevent incontinence. Sacral nerve encourage use of small neurotransmitter implanted under the skin smooth and provides electrical impulses to nerves in the lower back (Sacral nerve) of the bladder and the influence of the pelvic floor muscles. The operation was not a permanent effect on the nerves, but it only works as a neurotransmitter in place. This means treating the symptoms rather than cure, but it also means you can stop at any time.

UROMEDICA is working on obtaining FDA approval for their latest solution based on a study they did. We’ll follow that and provide an update when it becomes available.

If you don’t  know where your bladder is inside your body –take a look:

There’s a great Quiz at http://www.everydayhealth.com which you can take if you’re still unsure if you have urinary incontinence. Here’s the link to it:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/publicsite/womenshealth/incontinence_men/questions.aspx

 

Here’s another great article about what foods or beverages to avoid.   A few simple changes will make a big difference.

http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/ss/slideshow-leaky-bladder-triggers

 

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