Overactive bladder is a type of bladder-control problem that affects more than 33 million Americans of all ages. It occurs when the muscled of the bladder contract more often than necessary, even with the bladder is not full. This constant contraction causes sudden, overwhelming urges to urinate.
Overactive bladder is a common medical condition. There are many patients that may feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss it. However, it is important to tell your doctor about your overactive bladder so it can be properly treated. OAB can be effectively treated with medications most of the time. If medications do not work, we have additional treatments, such as Botox and Interstim Therapy, for our patients.
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When you feel a strong need to urinate that is difficult to control; it may even be strong enough to cause urine leakage.
You need to urinate too often; urinating more than seven times during waking hours is one of the primary symptoms of OAB.
Also known as “accidentally urinating” after a sudden, uncontrollable urge; those trying to cope with leakage may wear absorbent products like pads in case of wetting accidents.
As you age, you’re at increased risk of developing overactive bladder. You’re also at higher risk of diseases and disorders, such as enlarged prostate and diabetes, which can contribute to other problems with bladder function.
Many people with cognitive decline — for instance, those who have had a stroke or have Alzheimer’s disease — develop an overactive bladder. Incontinence that results from situations like this can be managed with fluid schedules, timed and prompted voiding, absorbent garments, and bowel programs.
Some people with an overactive bladder also have bowel control problems; tell your doctor if this is a problem for you.
These healthy lifestyle choices may reduce your risk of overactive bladder:
Maintain a healthy weight
Get regular, daily physical activity and exercise
Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol