Overactive Bladder: Justine's Story - Episode 1
Overactive Bladder is a form of urinary incontinence and currently affects an estimated one in 11 adults in the United States. In part 1 of this 2 part series, Justine talks about how OAB has affected her life professionally and socially.
Hey, my names Justine, I'm 28 years old. I'm from New Jersey and I suffer from overactive bladder. Overactive bladder sucks. It's horrible. You can't go anywhere without needing to make sure that there's a bathroom. Overactive bladder basically -it's the inability to be able to control your urination. Normal people go maybe five, six times a day. Someone who's diagnosed with overactive bladder can go up to 20 times a day, maybe even more. And it's very frustrating. You can't go out on dates without needing to excuse yourself from the table every once in a while. Sometimes I don't even drink the amount of water I'm supposed to in day because I know I'm going to have to go for a longer car ride and I won't be able to stop. Or even when I get on a train, some of the trains don't have bathrooms and if they do they're really gross and they're dirty, so for a 45-minute train ride I'm sitting there and I'm trying to hold it in. Meanwhile, I didn't drink anything, you know pretty much all day, just a little - a little bit of water. So it's very frustrating. It could really, you know, it could really get you down and it could make you a homebody. You could sit at home, some people probably do.