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Contribute to research on Over Active Bladder and fill in this short, confidential survey from Patients Direct:
The information provided is strictly confidential. Patients Direct conform to the Data Protection Act 1989 patient information will not be passed on to any other third party.
We have discussed the symptoms and causes of Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB) in the past here, but what does it really mean to live with an overactive bladder?
This condition has a wide range of effects that can cause problems for both people living with OAB and those who care for them, and it can at times be very difficult to find solutions to these issues.
Often this is because people are reluctant to seek advice on the problem, but it is important not to suffer in silence as there are a range of options available, including treatments and ways to alleviate the stress of living with an overactive bladder.
No one should have to live with the need to think twice about going out in public, or the fear of ridicule that comes from the social stigma attached to the stress incontinence that often accompanies OAB.
￼In some cases, the methods people use can even cause their symptoms to become worse, such as things that would appear to be common sense such as drinking less fluid throughout the day or using the toilet more often.
One unfortunate side effect of the embarrassment caused by OAB is that people are much less likely to share their experiences in dealing with the condition. While this is understandable, it can make timely advice hard to come by, and there are cases where sufferers will have gone for years without the support they need.
Online communities have made it easier to access information about available options for sufferers of OAB or stress incontinence, but these resources still rely on feedback from those living with the day-to-day effects of an overactive bladder.
This is why Patients Direct have designed an easy to complete survey that should take no more than 10 minutes to complete in order to make sure useful information can reach not only other people living with OAB, but also healthcare professionals so they can give better treatment to those in need.
Without this valuable feedback we may also see manufacturers of the products used on a daily basis by those with OAB and stress incontinence increasingly move away from the specific needs of some sufferers, such as the move by TENA® to discontinue their plastic backed products.
For those who may have only just built up the courage to seek help, or those beginning to discover that they are not alone and that there are many treatment options available, the importance of an opportunity to gather and widely spread information on OAB cannot be understated.
If you have 10 minutes to help sufferers of OAB by providing a better understanding of your experience, please fill in the Patients Direct online survey. All responses are confidential and will go a long way to improve the lives of thousands.