Overactive bladder is a condition in which your bladder’s ability to store urine malfunctions, causing a sudden urge to urinate or even incontinence – the involuntary loss of urine.
If any of the following 5 symptoms apply to you, you could be suffering from overactive bladder:
- A strong and sudden urge to go
- Urge incontinence – involuntarily urinating immediately after feeling the urge to go
- Stress incontinence – involuntarily urinating during physical exertion or when pressure is placed on your bladder like when coughing or laughing (when coupled with urge incontinence, this is referred to as mixed incontinence)
- Having to urinate frequently – 8 or more times a day
- Having to get up at least twice during the night to urinate
Your risk of developing overactive bladder increases with age, but it is not considered a normal part of aging. It could also be caused by an enlarged prostate or diabetes. That’s why it’s important to speak with your doctor about the available treatment options.
Besides the possibility that it could signify a more serious health problem, the impact overactive bladder has on your life could lead to depression and considerable sleep disturbance.
To learn more about overactive bladder, ways it’s treated, and questions to ask your doctor, visit the Vitals Urge Incontinence Patient Guide.