If you have to urinate eight or more times a day, you may have an overactive bladder. Bladder control problems are something that happen when you get older, and it affects both men and women. Getting up to urinate two or more times each night is another sign of an overactive bladder. With an overactive bladder, you feel strong, sudden urges to urinate, and you also may have urge incontinence. Incontinence is not a disease. But it may be a sign that something is wrong. It’s a medical problem, and a doctor or nurse can help. UI and overactive bladder may be caused by prostate or nerve problems. Sometimes the cause of overactive bladder is not clear.
So in summary, you may have an overactive bladder if you have two or more of these symptoms:
- urination eight or more times a day or two or more times at night
- the sudden, strong need to urinate immediately
- urine leakage that follows a sudden, strong urge to urinate
- women who have stopped having their periods-menopause-often report bladder control problems.
Your doctor will likely offer several treatment choices. Some treatments are as simple as changing some daily habits. Other treatments require taking medicine or using a device. Other medicines relax the bladder or shrink the prostate. Surgery can help bladder control problems caused by nerve damage.
Women who have stopped having their periods-menopause-often report bladder control problems.
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