Bladder Health – Why You Should Discuss With Your Doctor
Bladder Health Month is an opportunity to delve into the seldom-discussed topic of peeing. Everyone does it, but not everyone’s experiences are mundane.
A new survey of roughly 1,600 American women 18 years of age and older brings bathroom preferences and experiences to the forefront during this important awareness month. Conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Astellas Pharma US, Inc., the Peehavior Survey reveals the bathroom preferences and experiences of women and the lengths they’ll go to when they have to go.
But what if you have to go more often than you’d like? Approximately 46 million U.S. adults 40 years of age and older have reported symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) at least sometimes, which may be the difference between going to the bathroom and running to the bathroom frequently.¹,²
OAB is characterized by frequent and sudden urges to urinate, and as few as 1 in 8 women may seek treatment.²,³ Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu, a practicing female pelvic medicine urologist, joined me to discuss the symptoms, causes and management of OAB. Joining her was also Comedian Ellen Karis.
Meet Our Guests:
Ekene Enemchukwu, M.D., M.P.H. is a practicing female pelvic medicine urologist with a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and general surgery and urology training from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed a prestigious fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, with concurrent training in male voiding dysfunction and neurourology, at NYU Langone Medical Center. She has been published in Urology, Journal of Urology and Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports.
Comedian Ellen Karis is the “Greek Goddess of Comedy,” and has built a successful performing career around her improv skills and sarcastic, observational humor. She often jokes about her life experiences and marriage. She has a podcast series called Karis Comedy Corner on BBRadio.com. She was previously a political humorist on Fox News and a contributing writer for The National Herald.
Coyne KS, Sexton CC, Vats V, Thompson C, Kopp ZS, Milsom I. National community prevalence of overactive bladder in the United States stratified by sex and age. Urology 2011;77(5):1081-7.
American Urological Association. Diagnosis and treatment of overactive bladder (non-neurogenic) in adults: AUA/SUFU guideline.
Milsom I, Kaplan SA, Coyne KS, Sexton CC, Kopp ZS. Effect of bothersome overactive bladder symptoms on health-related quality of life, anxiety, depression, and treatment seeking in the United States: results from EpiLUTS. Urology 2012;80(1):90-6.