What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

Overactive bladder (OAB) is also referred to as “urge incontinence.” This occurs when there is a problem with controlling your bladder functions and you feel a sudden urge to go, but can't hold it long enough to get to the bathroom. This leads to involuntary loss of bladder control and unwanted accidents. If you have OAB, you are not alone—approximately 34 million women and men are managing this condition.

It's important to know that overactive bladder is not a disease; it is a symptom that something is wrong and it can be treated. Although you may feel embarrassed to discuss the possibility that you may have OAB, it's best to go and see a doctor as soon as possible. It may be new to you, but it won't be new to them. Doctors help people every day to determine the cause and prescribe treatment for overactive bladder.

Involuntary loss of urine is generally caused by bladder spasms which can trigger sudden onset urgency and involuntary bladder loss. It comes on very quickly which makes it difficult to stop before you can get to a bathroom. Although the onset of this happening to you can be very worrisome, it should not keep you from doing the things that you would normally do on a daily basis. There are also certain illnesses and medications that can cause overactive bladder, but this is best determined by your health care provider.

With the use of incontinence products available today, there is something for everyone so you can continue your normal routine with confidence while managing the condition with your doctor's help. If you need a pad for women, there are different levels of absorbency that can accommodate up to a full bladder loss. These absorbent products also offer odor protection and are discreet enough to wear with any type or color fabric. They can be worn with regular underwear, washable incontinence products, or pull-on underwear for added protection.

There are also pads and adult diapers for men and for women that offer maximum absorbency for both day and night. Male Guards are gender specific and also have fast wicking properties and odor control to help keep you feeling dry and comfortable. Today's technology offers thinner, softer, more absorbent products than ever before so there is every reason to embrace these products because they will definitely add to the quality of your life while managing overactive bladder.

Your doctor will sit down with you and evaluate your situation and may recommend tests, Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor, and behavioral techniques such as a bladder-holding and voiding routine. You may want to try and avoid too many spicy foods, alcoholic beverages or carbonated beverages, and lessen your fluid intake late at night. All of these things can be discussed with your doctor who will be your best line of defense when it comes to managing OAB.