Overactive Bladder (OAB)

What Is Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Overactive Bladder (OAB), also called urge incontinence, spastic bladder, and irritable bladder syndrome, is a condition that causes a sudden, urgent desire to pass urine even if the bladder is not full. This urge to urinate, which is difficult to suppress, can lead to the involuntary loss of urine (incontinence); however, OAB is not the same condition as stress incontinence. In OAB, episodes of urine leakage, or incontinence, are always accompanied by the urge to urinate, as compared to stress incontinence in which episodes of incontinence are unanticipated and brought about by actions such as coughing, laughing, or jumping. According to the Urology Care Foundation, approximately 33 million Americans have overactive bladder.

What Causes Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Risk Factors For Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Diagnosing Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Symptoms of Overactive Bladder (OAB)


Living With Overactive Bladder (OAB)



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For A Doctor