Overactive bladder (OAB) covers an entire group of urinary symptoms, the most common being an urgent sudden need to urinate. The need to urinate several times a day and all night.
These urges may even be combined with uncontrolled leaking. The leaking is called incontinence. SUI or stress urinary incontinence is another bladder issue but is different from OAB as the urine only leaks while doing physical activities, sneezing, or laughing.
OAB is a problem in approximately 30% of men and 40% of women in the United States, although that figure is just an estimate. It is thought that many people are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about the problem. Many don’t realize that there are treatments that can help.
OAB is not just an annoying symptom to live with. It can interfere with work, sleep, exercise, or hobbies. Bathrooms always have to be closes or the patient does not feel comfortable enough to leave their own homes. It can leave the patient isolated, depressed, and lonely. Friendships and relationships with family suffer when you are too tired or depressed to spend time with anyone.
Leaking urine can also lead to skin problems and infections.
If you are noticing problems with overactive bladder, give Magic Valley Urology a call to make an appointment for a consultation.