What Is Overactive Bladder Syndrome?

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Urge incontinence or overactive bladder syndrome affects 33 million American adults. It can be an embarrassing condition since some people who have it urinate when they cough or sneeze, but it is treatable.

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According to the National Institutes of Health, overactive bladder syndrome can be caused by bladder cancer, infection, neurological disease, overhydration, or bladder stones.


Symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and getting up more than once per night to urinate.


Doctors test for overactive bladder syndrome by doing a pelvic exam on women and a genital exam on men. Other tests that are used for diagnosing overactive bladder syndrome include x-rays, cystoscopy, urinalysis, and urinary stress test.


Doctors treat overactive bladder syndrome with medications, by recommending changes in a person's diet, or with surgery.


You can help prevent overactive bladder symptoms with bladder retraining techniques. For example, you can create a schedule for when you are allowed to urinate.

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