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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is overactive bladder?

This is a group of urinary symptoms that causes patients to need to urinate often, or have sudden urges to urinate that is difficult to control. This is a result of excessive bladder contractions.

Symptoms of overactive bladder

  • Frequent urination

  • Often have a sudden need to pass urine in the past one month

  • Waking up at least twice a night to pass urine

  • Feeling there is still urine left in the bladder after urinating

  • Need to strain/exert to pass urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for overactive bladder

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose overactive bladder

  • Have you been passing urine more often?

  • Do you sometimes have a sudden, strong urge to rush to the the toilet and pass urine?

  • Do you have problems waking up frequently to pass urine at night?

  • Do you have difficulty completely emptying your bladder?

  • Do you have difficulty passing urine?

Treatment for overactive bladder

Behavior therapy, changing fluid intake and passing stools regularly can help with symptoms. Medications can also be given.

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