A lot of women suffers from overactive bladder, a condition characterized by sudden and frequent urges to urinate. It an urgency and the frequency, the urgency and the frequency...it really controls your life." a sufferer.
Overactive bladder is one of the top 10 chronic conditions affecting perimenopausal women, according to Dr. Eman Elkadry, a clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Elkadry is a leading advocate for increasing access to overactive bladder treatment among women.
For women who suffer from symptoms of overactive bladder such as urgency, frequency, and leaking, treatment options include pelvic muscle exercises, bladder management techniques, prescription medications and a newly available over-the-counter patch called Oxytrol for Women.
The patch, which can be worn on the hips, butt or abdomen, needs to be changed every four days. Oxytrol for Women, not to be confused with the prescription patch, Oxytrol, is available over-the-counter for about one dollar a day.
Hazzard said she saw immediate results after using Oxytrol for Women, experiencing a decrease in frequency and urges. While it is important that new users read directions carefully and check with their doctor before use, the patch has given women like Hazzard an effective treatment option for overactive bladder.
"What changed for me is that you have your life back,” Hazzard said. “You have the flexibility, you have the freedom now."