Quality of Life

Do you believe your overactive bladder control problem isn’t a major problem in your life? After all it is not a life-threatening condition, and you may be used to the way you have adapted your life around the symptoms. However, you should know that bladder control problems can be easily treated and are not normal at any age.
Here are just some of the ways a bladder control problem can interrupt and limit everyday life:

  • Disturbed sleep and loss of daytime productivity due to waking up to go to the bathroom 2 or more times during the night.
  • Withdrawal from sexual intimacy to avoid the anxiety and embarrassment caused by urine leakage during sexual intercourse.
  • Lower-quality work due to frequent trips to the bathroom, the need to repeatedly leave meetings, and inability to concentrate.
  • Lack of exercise caused by fear of being too far away from a bathroom.
  • Habitual creation of "maps" of toilet locations, planning activities such as travelling and shopping based on knowing where toilets can be easily reached.
  • Declining social invitations from friends and family because of the embarrassment of having to visit the bathroom regularly or the fear of having a wetting accident.
  • Sitting in the aisles in public transportation, places of worship, the theatre, or at movies to be able to leave quickly to find a bathroom.
  • Carrying a spare set of clothing in case of a wetting accident.
  • Wearing dark and baggy clothing to disguise disposable pads or the signs of a wetting accident.
  • Carrying a bottle in the car in case of the need to urinate while travelling long distances between petrol stations.

You may be able to think of more ways that your bladder control problem has changed your behaviour and maybe even affected the way you view yourself. The Facts and Figures section uncovers further evidence of the number of people with similar problems and how their lives are similarly affected.

Support For You

It may be difficult to acknowledge how a bladder control problem affects so many aspects of your life and that of those around you. But this realisation can help you move toward taking action. You owe it to yourself to find out if treatment may help you return to a more normal life - with relief from the anxiety, embarrassment and isolation that may result from the symptoms of bladder control problems.
Although this website is no substitute for direct contact with your doctor or nurse, the Support section can help you prepare for a visit to your surgery. These tools can help you discuss your symptoms with your doctor or Health Professional, so they can ensure you get the treatment you need:
Overactive bladder symptom questionnaire
Overactive bladder control chart