CE: Overactive Bladder in Women

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Abstract

Overactive bladder is a term used to describe a group of lower urinary tract symptoms that are prevalent in women, particularly as they age. Those with overactive bladder often experience related physical and psychological symptoms or conditions and report a poorer quality of life than other women. Many factors that increase the risk of developing overactive bladder are modifiable; therefore, lifestyle and behavioral interventions are first-line treatments. More treatment options are becoming available to women as research provides new information about the underlying pathophysiology of overactive bladder. Nurses play a major role in its screening, assessment, and management in women, many of whom do not seek help and try to self-manage symptoms, leading to a continuing cycle of unpredictable urgency and incontinence.

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