This constant contraction causes sudden, overwhelming urges to urinate. Though overactive bladder is a common medical condition, many patients may feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss it. However, it is important to communicate with your doctor about your overactive bladder so it can be properly treated. It is not a normal part of aging. Overactive bladder can be treated with medication, behavior modification and changes in diet. In rare cases in which these treatments do not work or cannot be used, another treatment called sacral nerve stimulation with Interstim is available.
Overactive bladder occurs when the detrusor muscle of the bladder contracts more often than necessary, even when the bladder is not full.