Treatment Devices for Overactive Bladder


Jennifer Larson

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When you gotta go, you gotta go. But if you have to go frequently and you have trouble controlling the urge, you might have an overactive bladder. And if you do, you’re one of at least 33 million people in the U.S. with this condition, also known as OAB.

Normally, you can control the urge to urinate by contracting a certain muscle in your bladder. But with overactive bladder, your bladder muscles contract involuntarily, causing an urgent “must go must go” sensation even if you have very little urine in your bladder at the time. Your body is telling you that you can’t wait until a more convenient time to find a toilet—you have to go NOW. You may leak or even gush urine moments after experiencing the powerful urge to urinate. You may also wake up multiple times in the night to urinate, leaving you exhausted the next morning.

Overactive bladder can be an incredibly frustrating condition to live with. Learn from experts and patients about overcoming OAB.

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

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