What is an Overactive Bladder?
Overactive bladder happens when nerve signals between your bladder and brain tell you bladder to empty even though it is not full, or when the muscles in your bladder are too active.
Symptoms of an Overactive Bladder
- Urgency – a sudden and strong need to urinate right away.
- Frequency – urinating 8+ times per day or what seems like too often.
- Urge incontinence – a sudden need to urinate followed by urine leakage.
Night urination – waking up 1 or more times during the night to urinate.
Treatment Options for an Overactive Bladder May Include
- Lifestyle changes – limit food or drinks that bother your bladder.
- Keep a diary of your trips to the bathroom.
- Go to the bathroom on a schedule instead of only when you feel the urge.
- Exercises to help relax your bladder muscles.
- Prescription medications.
If You Have These Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Contact us to talk to our experienced urologists, who can help answer your questions.