If you’re embarrassed by an overactive bladder, it may help to know you’re not alone. An estimated 30% of men and 40% of women in the United States suffer from an overactive bladder. The skilled physicians at Associated Urologists of North Carolina have extensive experience helping men and women overcome urinary frequency and urgency caused by an overactive bladder. If you have questions, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, call one of the seven locations in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh, and Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a syndrome defined by these key symptoms:
When your bladder is full, nerve signals travel from the bladder to your brain, which triggers your need to urinate. As you urinate, nerves relax the muscles that normally stop urine from being released. At the same time, the muscles in your bladder contract to push urine out.
You develop OAB when the muscles involuntarily contract even though there’s little urine in your bladder. The problem occurs when nerve signals don’t work properly, or when the bladder muscles are too active.
Your risk of developing OAB is higher if you have:
Taking certain medications and diseases, such as stroke and multiple sclerosis, can also result in OAB.
Your doctor at Associated Urologists of North Carolina reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam as well as a neurological exam. Your doctor may also conduct a urinalysis and urodynamic testing to evaluate the function of your bladder.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor develops a comprehensive treatment plan that may include:
Another treatment, InterStim®, uses an implantable device to transmit electrical impulses to the sacral nerve, which also regulates the bladder. The electrical stimulation relieves OAB by normalizing nerve activity.
To get help for an OAB, call Associated Urologists of North Carolina today.