When you have an overactive bladder, you might feel the need to urinate all of a sudden, and you might have trouble controlling the urge. You might also urinate at least eight times a day or have trouble holding urine in when you have to go. Having an overactive bladder might also cause you to get up a few times during the night to urinate.
When you have an overactive bladder, your bladder muscles tighten or contract involuntarily. This makes you feel like you need to urinate, even if there’s hardly any urine in your bladder. You can develop this condition from several underlying causes, including diabetes and neurological problems. Certain medications, especially those that you have to drink a lot of fluids with, can also cause you to have an overactive bladder. You might get an overactive bladder if you have bladder stones or other abnormalities. Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can also lead to this condition. Dr. Anghel will conduct a thorough examination that may include diagnostic testing, to determine the cause of your overactive bladder.
Having an overactive bladder can cause you to feel anxious, especially when you’re out in public or social settings. You might start to avoid these situations and withdraw from others, which can increase your risk of depression. You might also end up having problems sleeping if you wake up during the night to urinate, which can affect your quality of life overall.
Treatment depends on the cause of your overactive bladder but may include one or more of the following:
For more information on treatments for an overactive bladder, please contact First Class OB/GYN.