If you think you may have overactive bladder (OAB) and you've decided to talk to your doctor about what treatment is available to you, you've already taken an important step in improving your symptoms. But here are 3 easy steps to help you make sure you get the most from your treatment.
You are an important member of your health care team!
Your doctor can help you find a treatment that's right for you. Your doctor can also answer any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment, and can direct you to other health professionals who can help, including nurse continence advisors (NCAs) and pharmacists.
A nurse continence advisor (NCA) is a nurse who is specially trained to assess and manage bladder problems such as overactive bladder. Your NCA can assess your bladder symptoms and suggest exercises, devices, and lifestyle changes to help you deal with them. The NCA can also evaluate how well these treatments are working and whether you should be referred to a specialist. Some medical devices may be covered by public (government) or private health insurance plans - it's worth looking into.
Your pharmacist is there to help you learn about your medication and how to use it. Your pharmacist can also provide you with information on insurance coverage for your medication. You can also see "Overactive bladder treatment coverage" to learn more about overactive bladder medications and health insurance.
Talk to your doctor, nurse, and pharmacist about what to expect from your treatment. It's important to remember that:
For overactive bladder treatments to work, you have to stick with them.
Don't stop lifestyle interventions or medication without speaking with your doctor first, even if you think they're not working. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your treatment. Use the Doctor Discussion Guide to help you get ready for talking with your doctor.
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