Overactive bladder

Overview

If you are suffering from frequent urination and find that your frequent visits to the toilet are affecting your quality of life, you could be suffering from overactive bladder.

Causes

Overactive bladder is caused by excessive bladder contractions , usually in patients who are otherwise healthy and without disease. Patients find it difficult to postpone urination and tend to rush to the toilet once they have a urge to urinate. If they do not reach the toilet in time, they may leak urine (urge urinary incontinence). Occasionally, excessive bladder contractions are due to underlying medical problems such as urinary tract infection, bladder stones, prostate enlargement and diseases of the brain and spinal cord.

Should I seek medical attention for overactive bladder?

It is advised that you seek medical attention to make sure there is no underlying medical problems. Treatment is effective and can help you regain your quality of life.

Treatments

Pelvic floor exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are also known as Kegel’s exercises. These strengthen the layer of muscles that are responsible for holding the urine within the bladder.

Medications
Medications are available to suppress excessive bladder contractions. The latest types of medication are available in a convenient once-daily dose.

Pelvic floor exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are also known as Kegel’s exercises. These strengthen the layer of muscles that are responsible for holding the urine within the bladder.

Botox injections to the bladder
This procedure is performed for patients who do not improve after being treated with medication and pelvic floor exercises.