November 27, 2014
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OAB: Expert Opinion

If you have overactive bladder (OAB), you have questions. But the answers aren't the same for everyone - or from every expert.

We've brought together two experts on bladder control: a nurse continence advisor (NCA) and a urologist.

We asked them important, often-asked questions about OAB. Between them, the experts show different perspectives on the issues - so you can find solutions that fit your life.

What is OAB, and how can I tell if I might have it?

Answered by our expert Jennifer Skelly, Nurse Continence Advisor

OAB is a term used to describe a number of symptoms: voiding very frequently, usually more than 8 times per day (also called frequency); voiding accompanied by an urgent feeling that you must go to the bathroom and delaying is not an option (also called urgency); and leakage of urine on your way to bathroom (also called urge loss of urine).

Answered by our expert Dr. Pommerville, Urologist

OAB is associated with an overwhelming desire to urinate (urgency), which may be accompanied by an involuntary loss of urine. Some people will have urgency alone, but a significant number will have both urgency and incontinence. If you notice these symptoms, you may have OAB. Check with your doctor to find out for sure.




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