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Changing the dialogue around OAB

Bladder Chatter exists to help empower, inform and support women with overactive bladder. Because we know that no one understands living with OAB more than those who experience it, we developed a community for people who seek to learn from each other in a safe, private and nonjudgmental place. Our mission is to change the dialogue around OAB, which is often misunderstood, stigmatized and too often accepted as normal.  This one-of-a-kind forum connects peers, provides real-world tips and expert perspectives. Join Bladder Chatter and start changing the way you think about your OAB.

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About Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder, or OAB, is a condition where the bladder muscle contracts too frequently and often suddenly. Key symptoms of OAB are Urgency (a sudden need to go), frequency (the need to go often) and sometimes, leakage.

Not sure if you have OAB? Coping methods could be a sign.

If you have experienced any of the following, you may have OAB.

  • Wearing panty liners, pads, or diapers
  • Carrying extra supplies and clothes to have in case of an accident
  • Making sure you know where a bathroom is located wherever you go
  • Carefully planning your travel
  • Adjusting your commute
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If you have OAB, you're not alone

More than 30 million Americans have OAB -- about 1 in 10. Often thought of as a normal part of aging, OAB is a common medical condition that can be managed. 

About Our Contributors

Our Bladder Chatter contributors are a mix of leading health experts, OAB advocates and influencers who understand what it’s like to live with OAB. As contributors, they will offer stories, tips, real-world knowledge and a fresh perspective on living day-to-day with urgency, leakage and frequency. Through this diverse group of women we seek to change the way we speak about overactive bladder and spark new conversation around topics that matter most to our readers. Follow along and see how others face their OAB head on.

About National Association for Continence

The National Association for Continence (NAFC) is a national, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving quality of life for people with incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and related pelvic floor disorders. NAFC's purpose is to be the leading source for public education and advocacy about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.

About HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen is the nation's leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women. HealthyWomen is on a mission to educate women ages 35 to 64 to make informed health choices. For 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health care questions. Consumers, health care providers, nonprofit and corporate partners and the media trust HealthyWomen as a valued and reliable health information source.

About The Simon Foundation For Continence

The Simon Foundation for Continence is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is: to bring the topic of incontinence into the open; remove the stigma associated with incontinence; and provide help and hope to individuals with incontinence, their families, and the professionals who provide their care. Founded in 1982, The Simon Foundation for Continence is the world’s oldest patient-led organization devoted exclusively to incontinence.

About Red Hot Mamas

Founded by Karen Giblin in 1991, Red Hot Mamas® is an engaging menopause education program that gives women everything they need to live life the way they want during—and even after—menopause. It provides reliable information about the changes that often accompany menopause; how to treat the effects through lifestyle strategies; and the latest information on prescribed and alternative treatments options. If this knowledge is what you crave, Red Hot Mamas has got what you need. It is the perfect recipe for wellness, vitality and a full, active and red-hot life. Learn more about Red Hot Mamas® at RedHotMamas.org.

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