Overactive bladder (OAB) causes frequent and sudden urges to urinate, and those urges can be difficult to control. The unintentional loss of urine (urinary incontinence) and urine leakage are also signs of an overactive bladder. OAB affects up to 30% of men at some point in their life. With an overactive bladder, the bladder muscles and nerves fail to operate properly, resulting in frequent signals to the brain to contract bladder muscles to release urine. Patients with OAB may experience an almost constant urge to urinate, interfering with everyday life.
Suffering from an overactive bladder can cause embarrassment, leading to isolation or placing limits on your work or social life. The frequent need to urinate during the night can lead to sleep deprivation, leaving you feeling tired and more prone to mental health issues like depression. The good news is that your doctor can determine whether you have OAB and guide you to strategies to help you manage the disorder.
Symptoms of Overactive Bladder
The primary symptom of OAB is a strong, urgent need to urinate. Men often feel as if they have to urinate urgently and worry about leaking urine before reaching the bathroom. Other symptoms include:
Frequent urges to urinateA feeling that you are unable to empty your bladder completelyLeaking urineLoss of control of your bladder before reaching a bathroom Waking up more than once in the night to urinate
Men may feel embarrassed to discuss these symptoms, but the condition is common, and your doctor can help determine the cause and provide solutions to help reduce the frequent urge to urinate.
Main Cause of An Overactive Bladder
Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, is responsible for two-thirds of overactive bladder cases in men. Prostate surgery, while not usually necessary for BPH, may alleviate the symptoms of an overactive bladder. The prostate surrounds and can compress the urethra. The urethra is the