An overactive bladder (OAB) is an extremely common urologic condition affecting approximately 33 million people a year. This number is likely higher because many individuals often do not seek treatment for OAB and may feel embarrassed to discuss their symptoms with a physician.
Emptying the bladder requires a coordinated effort between the kidneys, nerve signals, and muscle contractions. Nerve signals between the bladder and the brain alert the body that the bladder is full. Then, the bladder muscles contract to empty the bladder during urination. If there is a problem with any of these system functions, than an overactive bladder can occur. Problems can arise when nerve signals are sending messages that the bladder is full, even when it is not, causing a feeling of urgency to urinate.
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