What is an Overactive Bladder?
An overactive bladder is described as a sudden urge to urinate due to an issue with the function of the bladder.
- Sudden or spontaneous contractions of the bladder muscle.
- Individuals who may be more sensitive to the feeling of their bladder filling.
- Increased production of urine at night.
Affecting both men and women, overactive bladder symptoms are common and will occur in around 10-20% of people.
- Urgency: a sudden need to void urine. This urge may be difficult to control, sometimes leading to involuntary loss of urine (incontinence).
- Urinary frequency: the need to void urine more often than usual.
- Nocturia: waking at night to void urine.
How can an Overactive Bladder Effect Your Life?
OAB can get in the way of your work, social life, exercise and sleep. Without treatment, OAB symptoms may make it hard to get through your day without frequent trips to the bathroom. You may feel nervous about going out with friends or doing everyday activities. Some people begin to shy away from social events. This can make them feel lonely and isolated.
OAB may affect your relationships with your spouse and your family or rob you of a good night's sleep. Inadequate sleep can leave you tired and depressed. In addition, if you leak urine, you may develop skin problems or infections.
You do not have to let OAB symptoms change your life as there are treatments available to help. If you think you have OAB, book an appointment to see your General Practitioner and they will refer you to a Urologist.