Know the physical symptoms, including urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency
Like most medical conditions, there are specific physical symptoms associated with OAB.
These are some of the main symptoms of OAB:
Having a strong need to go to the bathroom right away.
Having to go to the bathroom too often, also called "urinary
frequency." A need to go to the bathroom 8 or more times per day.
Leaking or wetting accidents, also called "urinary incontinence."
What causes these symptoms? When you have OAB, your bladder muscle contracts before your bladder expands to its full size, meaning your internal plumbing is working overtime. Medications like VESIcare may help control your OAB symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage.
“I attempted to manage my own overactive bladder symptoms by not drinking as many liquids. As a matter of fact, I was more concerned about having to go to the bathroom than maintaining hydration.”
Watch out for these clues, too
Besides the physical symptoms listed above, there can be other important clues that you may
be experiencing OAB symptoms: specifically, the ways you might be trying to cope with your
condition. Take a look at the list below. How many of these describe you?
Be aware if you're:
- Cutting down on drinking fluids even when you're thirsty
- Needing to know where a bathroom is at all times
- Bringing pads or extra clothes with you when you're away from home
- Wearing darker colors to hide leaks
When to talk to your doctor
You don't always have to compromise when it comes to OAB. Take charge by talking to your healthcare provider about your bladder symptoms and some of the ways you've been trying to manage them. Check out the Doctor Conversation Guide for an easy, customizable way to get
the conversation going.