Reduce OAB Symptoms: Advice from the National Association for Continence

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If you're one of the millions of Americans coping with bladder problems or urinary incontinence, these four simple bathroom tips from the National Association for Continence can reduce OAB symptoms and help you feel drier and more secure.

  1. Skip the squat Sit down comfortably on the toilet seat rather than hovering above it. This helps your pelvic floor muscles to relax more fully, letting the urethral sphincter open for better flow.
  2. Take your time Stay on the toilet until your bladder feels empty. If you suspect you may still need to go, stand up, sit back down again and lean forward over your knees slightly. This may help usher out the rest of the urine.
  3. Walk, don't run Rushing can actually increase the likelihood of an accident. How? It places pressure on the bladder, further increasing the chance of urine loss.
  4. Know where the toilets are If you know you'll you probably need to go during a car trip, map out public toilets along the way well before you hit the road.

Source: Adapted from our sister publication Remedy's Healthy Living Spring 2013

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 21 Feb 2013

Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015