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Are you using the bathroom so frequently it impacts your daily activities? Are you afraid to travel in the car because you might have the sudden and uncontrollable urge to go? If so, you may be suffering from overactive bladder (OAB), also known as urge incontinence.
This type of incontinence happens because of an overactive bladder muscle that pushes urine out of the bladder. It can happen during any stage of life and can be caused by a lot of things – sometimes by bladder irritation or even stress. Often, men experience OAB after having prostate problems, and women tend to notice it after going through menopause.
Living with urinary incontinence can be uncomfortable, embarrassing and inconvenient. You can take comfort in the fact you’re not alone. The Urology Care Foundation reports more than 30 percent of men and 40 percent of women in the U.S. are dealing with overactive bladder. There’s no need to struggle with urge incontinence.
Dr. Matthew Kincade with Mercy Clinic Urology has eight things you need to know about slowing down an overactive bladder.
If you’re experiencing overactive bladder, talk to your doctor. It’s much harder to hide embarrassing symptoms than to talk to a health care professional about them. Don’t continue to let urinary incontinence run your life.
Mercy is ready to help you get back to living life to the fullest – and uninterrupted by bathroom breaks.
Matthew Kincade, MD, is a urologist at Mercy Clinic Urology – S. Fremont.