Can biofeedback help cure overactive bladder?

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Can biofeedback help cure overactive bladder?

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Since Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a chronic condition, there is no such thing as a true "cure". However, OAB can be managed and/or improved with medications, along with behavioral and lifestyle changes. This is where biofeedback comes into play. Biofeedback uses measuring devices to help people become aware of their bladder and and the surrounding muscles that are used when you urinate. Over time, you can learn to control the muscles and bladder, which can enable you to deal with urges more effectively.

There are numerous studies which do show that biofeedback does help overactive bladder symptoms. Therefore, you should give it a try, as it may work for you. Good luck!