An overactive bladder can cause a variety of bothersome symptoms. If an urgent need to urinate interferes with your daily life or your ability to sleep peacefully through the night, John P. Judd, MD, of Midwest Urogynecology in St. Louis can help. To start the path to relief, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
When you have overactive bladder, also known as OAB,, sudden, involuntary contractions in your bladder’s muscle wall create a sensation of urgency to urinate, which may lead to urine loss which you are unable to prevent from occurring. Sometimes these urges are predictable, while at other times they can occur without warning.
The type and severity of overactive bladder symptoms vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:
These symptoms can lead to complications such as anxiety, depression, embarrassment, emotional distress, and discomfort around sexual intimacy.
The involuntary muscle contractions of overactive bladder aren’t a condition itself, but symptoms of other issues, such as:
Most anyone can develop overactive bladder, but it’s more likely as you age and with cognitive decline due to conditions such as stroke or Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder, see Dr. Judd. After an exam that may include discussion of your medical history, a physical exam of your abdomen and genitals, a urine sample test, a neurological exam, and potentially specialized tests that measure bladder output and pressure, he can recommend your next best steps. In addition to addressing any underlying condition, he may suggest:
If other treatments fail to improve overactive bladder and your symptoms are severe, Dr. Judd may recommend surgery. Possible surgical interventions include: