What Is Overactive Bladder?
Overactive bladder is a problem with bladder-storage function that causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (incontinence).
We’re here to help!
You don’t have to suffer from the burdens of a leaky bladder. At Foothills Urogynecology we have decades of experience with diagnosing and treating overactive bladder. We utilize behavior modification methods, drug therapy, Medtronic bowel control therapy, and holistic therapies.
There are four symptoms of overactive bladder
- Urgency – a sudden and overwhelming need to urinate immediately.
- Frequency – urinating more than 8 times a day. Normal frequency is around 4 to 6 times per day or every 3 to 5 hours.
- Urge incontinence – urine leakage and accidents that happen after a sudden urge. The leakage can be a few drops or the full bladder.
- Nocturia – waking up during the night to urinate. Most people can sleep 6 to 8 hours before they need to urinate.
Approximately 46 million American adults over the age of 40 have reported symptoms of overactive bladder. If affects men and women and people of all ages.
Activities that can trigger leaky bladder:
- The sound of running water
- Seeing a bathroom
- Placing feet on the floor when getting out of bed
- Stressful situations
- Exposure to cold
What Causes Overactive Bladder
Having an overactive bladder means your bladder is working overtime, contracting more often that it should and at inappropriate times. People with overactive bladder have uncontrollable contractions. A detrusor muscle squeezes suddenly, erratically, involuntarily and more often than normal. If you have overactive bladder you aren’t receiving gradual warning messages that your bladder will soon need to empty. Instead, your detrusor muscle gets incorrect signals from your brain to contaract immediately, even though your bladder may not be full.
Factors That Put You At Rick
- Advancing age
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Multiple medications
- Disease of the nervous system
- Prior pelvic surgery
- Prior pelvic radiation
- Urinary tract infection
- Bladder cancer
- Certain occupations
Foothills Urogynecology will work with you on a customized plan. We have a proven track record of helping to control or greatly reduce accidents. Our treatment options can significantly improve your quality of life. At your appointment, you will see an M.D. who will discuss your concerns and listen to you with care and compassion.