Everything You Need to Know about Overactive Bladder Syndrome

Drinking too many energy drinks like sodas or coffee can cause a condition that ultimately affects the kidneys. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Everything You Need to Know about Overactive Bladder Syndrome
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

We’ve all experienced days when we just could not stop going to the bathroom. As soon as you empty  your bladder, you’re right back in there again. What causes this? Is this overactive bladder syndrome? And more importantly, should you be worried?

We’ll explain below.

What Causes Overactive Bladder Syndrome?

Overactive Bladder Syndrome is a common occurrence among today’s population, especially women.

Usually, we have the desire to urinate often when we drink more liquids than normal. This is a good thing, because our kidneys need to filter out the toxins from our bodies. However, there are times when, without drinking excess liquids, we find ourselves continually headed to the bathroom.

If you have to get up many times to urinate during the night, this is known as nocturia. It’s more common among men than women, especially once they reach a certain age and begin having troubles with their prostate.

But for women, Overactive Bladder Syndrome comes and goes, and it might be due to some of the following factors.

1. Drinking too many energy drinks

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This might come as a surprise, but we’re not just talking about consuming too much coffee – other caffeinated beverages like sodas and energy drinks can affect you. It’s not a good idea to drink too many of these, nor is it healthy.

Remember that the amount of urine we produce every day depends primarily on the balance of electrolytes in the body. If we drink too many energy drinks over the long-term, it can create an imbalance in the kidneys.

It’s simply not worth the risk, so don’t over do it with these beverages.

2. Diabetes

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Don’t panic, because this is something that can be dismissed immediately with a simple test.

Diabetes has many symptoms, and frequent urination is among them. It results in dehydration and tends to lower potassium levels. However, stay calm, because diabetes is also associated with other factors like sudden weight loss, drowsiness, fatigue, and fainting.

Having to urinate frequently when you have diabetes is basically due to the body’s failure to produce insulin, so the excess sugars in the blood are going to the urine. All of this makes a person thirsty, and in turn causes more frequent urination.

3. Certain medications

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Sometimes, certain medical treatments can cause changes in the bladder and trigger more frequent urination.

Drugs like lorazepam typically produce these effects. Always read the side effects of any new medications and watch to see if you experience them during your treatment course.

4. Disorders due to stress

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Anxiety and stress are conditions that occur during certain periods of our lives, and they can even alter our biological processes.

Also read: 7 Pieces of Practical Advice to Reduce Stress

Stomach issues, intestinal problems, nervousness, dizziness, diarrhea, and an overactive bladder are quite common during these times of anxiety.

You need to let you doctor know if you notice this is happening to you, and remember to always carry a bottle of water. Every time you go to the bathroom to urinate, drink a little water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

5. Infections

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Urinary infections are without a doubt the most common cause of frequent urination.

Infections of the urethra, the bladder itself, kidney tissue, or even the vulva or vagina can cause us to suffer from this uncomfortable condition. Sometimes they’re caused by hormonal shifts, bacteria, or having low bodily defenses. But they are common, and certainly most often the culprits.

You should always let your doctor know about this so you’ll get the proper treatment, because they will be the one to identify what caused the infection and what the right medication will be.

However, if you’re suffering from overactive bladder syndrome, there are a few simple tips to follow at home.

Simple Remedies for Overactive Bladder Syndrome

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Never lose sight of the fact that frequent urination may be the symptom of a disease or an indication of another health problem. So the first thing you should find out is what’s at the root of the problem. Is it stress, or is it an infection?

Ideally, you should follow a treatment regimen that’s prescribed by a doctor, but you can also follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Change your diet: Avoid irritating ingredients and foods like vinegar, heavy seasoning, coffee, hot pepper, red meat, chocolate, cow’s milk and any derivatives, flour and refined sugars. Increase your consumption of vegetables.
  2. Start your mornings with a tea made with horsetail grass and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  3. Eat a garlic clove every night with a glass of warm water. It’s a great antibiotic.
  4. Ginger tea is a great anti-inflammatory that will definitely help.
  5. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.