Treat and Manage an Overactive Bladder
An overactive bladder (OAB) causes frequent and sudden urges to urinate. People with OAB may release urine involuntarily when muscles constrict suddenly and unintentionally.
Providers at UPMC specialize in treating overactive bladders in Williamsport, Wellsboro, and surrounding areas in PA. To have your symptoms diagnosed, Find a Provider at UPMC and schedule an appointment today.
Symptoms of Overactive Bladder
Overactive bladder symptoms may include:
- Frequent urination (eight or more times within 24 hours)
- Sudden, strong and often uncontrollable urges to urinate
- Waking frequently at night to urinate
Causes of Overactive Bladder
Anyone can have an overactive bladder; however, postmenopausal women and men with prostate problems have a higher risk of developing this condition.
Possible causes of OAB include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Medications that increase urine output
- Illnesses that affect the nerves or neurological system, such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease
- Problems in the bladder, such as tumors or stones
Often, the specific cause of OAB is not known, but doctors still have several treatment options to relieve symptoms.
Treatment of Overactive Bladder in Williamsport & Wellsboro
Making lifestyle changes before beginning medical treatment may make living with OAB more manageable.
Your doctor may recommend:
- Scheduling regular bathroom breaks
- Limiting your fluid intake
- Tightening your pelvic muscles with Kegel exercises
- Limiting foods and drinks that can irritate your bladder
- Bladder training
- Losing weight
- Trying to urinate again a few minutes after you finish
OAB treatment varies depending on the cause. If symptoms are caused by a treatable condition, doctors can address the underlying condition, which should help get rid of any OAB symptoms.
If your provider can’t find a specific cause of your OAB and lifestyle changes aren’t enough, he or she may prescribe medications that relax the bladder and reduce muscle constrictions. For more severe cases, Botox injection into the bladder may help, which stops the bladder from contracting involuntarily. By addressing your symptoms and finding the right treatment plan, you can get back to a normal life, with less discomfort.
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