There are more than two million Spaniards who suffer from this disorder, which negatively affects the quality of life of patients, making their social and sexual relationships difficult, and lowering their self-esteem.
The overactive bladder syndrome It is characterized by a sense of urgency of urination, which often prevents reaching the bathroom in time, causing involuntary losses of urine. It is also accompanied by an increase in urination frequency, that is, the need to urinate more than eight times a day.
The term "hyperactive" corresponds to the high number of contractions generated by the detrusor muscle located in the bladder, responsible for expelling urine to the urethra.
According to the results of an opinion study on overactive bladder syndrome, presented by the biomedical research company Pfizer, and carried out by Sigma Dos, almost 80% of Spaniards do not know that they have symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome. "This causes people who suffer from it to believe that it is inherent to aging and do not seek the opinion of a doctor," explains Dr. José Chaves, chief medical officer of Pfizer's Primary Care Operative Unit.
People who suffer from this disorder have low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, because they are conditioned to do everyday tasks such as taking a long trip, watching a movie in the cinema, and so on. Nor do they wear certain clothes, for fear of getting stained.
Treatment of overactive bladder syndrome
Currently, the treatment of this pathology is based mainly on the administration of drugs, which produce the relaxation of the bladder muscle, and the reeducation of voiding habits, together with a correct action on the lifestyle and the performance of exercises for strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, thus relieving the symptoms of increased frequency and urgency.