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Overactive Bladder – Should I Go to the Bathroom When I Have the Chance?

An overactive bladder will cause an urge to go to the bathroom frequently. Many patients with this condition plan a daily schedule to ensure ready access to a bathroom. But, instead of planning to go the bathroom every time you have a chance, a better option is working with a doctor to treat this condition. After treatment, you can have better quality of life and return to spending time with your loved ones to do the activities you love.

Overactive bladder can lead to isolation, but you may be relieved to know this is a common condition. According to the American Urological Association, about 33 million Americans have overactive bladder, also known as OAB. Forty percent of women and 30 percent of men deal with the symptoms of overactive bladder.

While many people assume OAB is typical when you are aging, this condition is not normal. Signs of overactive bladder include:

  • Feeling the urge to urinate suddenly
  • Frequent urination – more than 10 times a day and/or getting up to go often during the night
  • Leaking urine
  • Wetting the bed or not being able to make it to the bathroom before you begin urinating

The causes of overactive bladder may not be clear but can include an infection, issues with nerves, drug side effects, neurological disease or stroke, bladder cancer or enlarged prostate.

To diagnose this condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam, go over your medical history, and review the results of your urine sample. Some other tests may also be needed. At Arkansas Urology, our staff will work with you to ensure you are comfortable and understand all our procedures during your visit.

Treatments for overactive bladder range from basic to the latest minimally invasive procedures. Our experts have the experience to customize a plan for each of our patients that may include:

  • Behavior modification techniques such as bladder training, Kegel exercises, and biofeedback
  • Medication
  • Limiting caffeine, alcohol, and acidic fruit juices
  • Axonics Therapy
  • Interstim

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of overactive bladder, don’t delay seeking medical care. With proper treatment, your condition can improve quickly.

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