For women who struggle with frequent, urgent needs to urinate, everyday life can be a challenge.
Some people bring changes of clothes with them in case they have an accident. Others won’t take trips or go on airplanes.
“There are patients that don’t leave their homes anymore,” says Dr. Annaceci Peacher, a urogynecologist who offers care at the Georgetown and Holmestown Road locations of Tidelands Health OB/GYN. . “They just get afraid that something’s going to happen, and they’ll have an accident.”
The feeling of having to urinate urgently or frequently often occurs when the bladder senses it’s full before it actually is. It can feel like the bladder is never fully empty.
Fortunately, Dr. Peacher says, treatment is available.
“It’s something that happens to a lot of people, so people think it’s normal,” Dr. Peacher says. “But it doesn’t have to be a fact of life.”