Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition that affects about 33 million people in the United States, according to the American Urological Association. The primary symptom of OAB is a “got-to-go” feeling—the sudden, strong need to urinate. People with OAB can’t control these urges, and they might worry that they will not be able to make it to the bathroom or even leak urine after feeling this urge.
Many people are too embarrassed to talk about their OAB symptoms. Or they may assume that it’s “just part of getting older” and that nothing can be done. Not true! If you have overactive bladder, remember: you’re not alone. And there’s no reason to isolate yourself or limit your work and social life; treatments are available.
This guide isn’t a replacement for a doctor’s visit. Here we’ll cover tips to help you communicate effectively with your doctor and specific questions to ask—all things to help you get the most out of your relationship with your healthcare provider.