Overactive bladder syndrome is a term for urinary conditions that are categorised by a sudden, uncontrolled urge to urinate, more often than is normal. This urge may be difficult to stop and often leads to the involuntary loss or leaking of urine (urge incontinence). This condition can be caused by involuntary bladder contractions, which may be aggravated by neurological disorders, diabetes and declining cognitive function or by obstructions in the bladder's outflow, acute urinary tract infections and abnormalities of the urinary tract.

An overactive bladder can affect your everyday life, disrupting work, sleep and daily activities, causing emotional distress, sleep disturbances and issues with sexuality. While many may believe an overactive bladder is a normal part of ageing, it is not, and there are treatments to help people manage the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome.

Overactive bladder syndrome is categorised by symptoms of:

  • An urgent need to urinate
  • Urinating more than 8 times in 24 hours
  • Waking up two or more times during the night to urinate
  • The involuntary loss of urine immediately following an urgent need to urinate

What are the treatments for overactive bladder syndrome?
While many may not seek treatment, treatment of an overactive bladder can be simple. After a brief evaluation of your symptoms, Dr Ridgard may diagnose you with an overactive bladder, and assist you in managing the symptoms with behavioural strategies. Fluid schedules timed voiding and strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles can be beneficial, but treatment may also include medications.