Why Overactive Bladder Deserves Our Attention
Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a condition characterized by a frequent and sudden urge to urinate among other symptoms.
By understanding the impact of OAB and addressing it openly, we can help break down the stigma and encourage those who suffer to seek the support they need. With the right approach, OAB symptoms can be managed.
Understanding Overactive Bladder
Signs & Symptoms
OAB through various symptoms, including:
- Sudden and frequent urges to urinate
- Uncomfortable urge to urinate
- Involuntary leakage associated with urgency
- Frequent nighttime awakenings to urinate (called 'nocturia')
- Increased frequency of urination
Disruption to Daily Life
The Stigma Surrounding Overactive Bladder
OAB is like a hiccup in your bladder’s natural rhythm
Normally, your bladder fills to capacity before your brain receives a single that it’s time to go. But in OAB, the brain receives a signal that it’s time to urinate well before the bladder has been filled, or the bladder muscles contract too frequently, signaling that it’s time to visit the bathroom, even though the bladder isn’t full. It's like your bladder is sending an 'emergency' signal when it's not an emergency.
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Who Meets Critera for OAB?
The National Overactive Bladder Evaluation study found that 16.5% of participants met the criteria for OAB, which translates to as many as 33 million adult Americans. However, this figure may still underestimate the number of people with OAB.
Overactive bladder (OAB) is more common than you might think
An estimated almost half a billion people are living with OAB symptoms worldwide.
Overactive bladder is more than just a physical condition; it's a challenge that may complicate daily living and which affects millions.
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