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The overactive bladder

The Overactive Bladder

An Overactive Bladder (OAB) is caused when the bladder muscle contracts involuntarily

This may result in feelings of urgently having to go to the bathroom
— even when the bladder isn't full — as well as making frequent trips to the bathroom. In some instances, the urgency is so strong that accidental leakage of urine occurs.

Overactive Bladder and other bladder control problems are medical conditions that prevent you from being able to control when you urinate.


  • Strong, sudden urges to go to the bathroom
  • Increased frequency of urination (more than eight times during a 24-hour period, sometimes including two or more times at night)
  • These feelings may or may not be accompanied by wetting accidents due to a sudden urge to urinate; this is also known as urge urinary incontinence

You're not the only one

You are not alone in living with an overactive bladder. An estimated 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men over the age of 35 share this problem.

It's not a normal part of aging

While we don't fully understand all the different causes of OAB, one thing is certain: OAB is not normal in adults of any age, and you don't have to live with it. Most OAB can be successfully treated. Doctors treat thousands of people with OAB every year.