The second annual Peehavior survey conducted by Astellas Pharma and Ipsos Public Affairs found that many women who have symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) have used unconventional methods when they have not had easy access to a restroom.
Of the 2,854 U.S. women polled, 86 percent said that they have urinated in a place that was not the bathroom, according to an Astellas press release. About 20 percent claimed that they have relieved themselves behind bushes, and about half claimed they have used the men's bathroom in situations when the women's bathroom line was too long.
"November is Bladder Health Month, so what better time to stop stalling and start a conversation about OAB symptoms than now?" Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu, a practicing urologist, said in the release.
Many women feel that urinating frequently is a sign of aging, but the symptoms could be something they need to speak to a doctor about, Enemchukwu said.
Astellas' Stop Stalling campaign was created just for this purpose: to educate, empower and motivate women to look into the symptoms of OAB and address their bladder health, the release said.