Affecting millions of women, an overactive bladder can, at the least, be bothersome and embarrassing, particularly when urine leakage occurs. But an overactive bladder can profoundly affect the quality of one’s life.
Types and symptoms
Overactive bladder comes in several forms, with varying symptoms, and several possible causes. Leakage of urine (incontinence) resulting from coughing, laughing, lifting, or other triggers is among the most common symptoms. Others include the frequent, strong urge to urinate, even when little urine is produced, and the need to urinate often during the night. Increasingly common as one ages, overactive bladder can be caused by infection, stress, or other medical conditions. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, weight, and the anatomy of the urethra may be contributing factors, as well.
Diagnosis and treatment
A brief, but thorough evaluation can usually identify the cause of the problem. Our approach is conservative, and most overactive bladder problems, including incontinence, can be treated non-invasively, with behavioral and physical therapies, or with medications—for example, when a bladder infection is detected. In cases requiring further measures, though, we have a range of the very latest and most advanced treatment options, as well as the expertise for the best results.