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Overactive Bladder

Millions live with Overactive Bladder (OAB), but few ask for help. If you think you have a problem, don't wait. Get the facts. Get diagnosed. Take control: It's Time to Talk About OAB!

Many people find their lives disrupted by the urge to urinate at inconvenient times and the loss of bladder control before reaching a toilet. The following information will help you discuss this common, yet often embarrassing, condition with your urologist and assist you in better understanding what treatments are available.

What is Overactive Bladder?

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition characterized by a sudden, uncomfortable need to urinate with or without urine leakage usually with daytime and nighttime frequency.

OAB occurs when smooth muscle of the detrusor muscle of the bladder squeezes or contracts more often than normal and at inappropriate times. Instead of staying at rest as urine fills the bladder, the detrusor contracts while the bladder is filling with urine.

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Information provided by the American Urological Association.