Instead of immediately turning to pharmaceutical solutions for what might be deemed an overactive bladder, there are an array of lifestyle changes that may provide relief, and are worth trying first. These include:
- Cutting back on fluids, including alcohol and caffeine, especially in the evening
- Doing Kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that control urine flow. For instructions on how to do Kegels, see Kegel Exercise Know-How.
- Engage in bladder training, in which you are taught to urinate at regular times and practice holding urine gradually for longer time periods. For more information and instructions, see this web page.
If you are obese, the American College of Physicians also recommends losing weight and exercising to reduce overactive bladder symptoms.