Overactive Bladder

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. 

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  • 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.