Signs It's Time to Start Treating Overactive Bladder


Daniel Elliott, MD

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Overactive bladder (OAB) is characterized by spasms in the bladder, and a sudden and frequent urge to urinate. In the patients I see, It’s extremely common. In fact, about 1 in 3 women experience it, along with 16% of men.

However, many people do not seek treatment. And honestly, I’m not sure why that’s the case. Perhaps they’re embarrassed about it, or maybe they think an overactive bladder is a normal part of aging and that nothing can be done about it. I want to be clear that it is not a normal part of aging, and that treatment is available.

Your bladder doesn’t have to run your life. Experts share their tips for getting a handle on overactive bladder, whether it’s through lifestyle changes, bladder retraining, or medications.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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