UrgencyA sudden and compelling desire to urinate that is difficult to put off.
FrequencyThe need to void too often during the day, often defined as needing
to void eight or more times in 24 hours.
NocturiaWaking at night to urinate, often defined as twice or more.
IncontinenceInvoluntary leakage of urine.
Urge incontinenceIncontinence with or immediately preceded by urgency.
Other bladder problems include:
Stress incontinenceIncontinence on effort, exertion, coughing or sneezing.
Mixed incontinenceBoth urge and stress incontinence.
Overflow incontinenceWhen the bladder is unable to empty properly and frequent
leakage of small amounts of urine occurs as a result.
All of these symptoms can be experienced with many bladder conditions,
so an accurate diagnosis by a doctor is the first step in treatment.
What causes OAB?
OAB is not a “weak” bladder. In fact OAB occurs when the nerves send signals to your bladder at the wrong time causing the muscles to squeeze without warning and your bladder to spasm uncontrollably, creating the sudden need to “go” and going too often.
Life with OAB?
OAB is debilitating. It can restrict activities you once enjoyed, make you feel embarrassed and secluded and impact every aspect of your life, social, physical, psychological and sexual.
You may want to avoid going out in public, leaving you feeling depressed and isolated. A fear of having toileting accidents may prevent you from leading an active life – and this could lead to other health problems. OAB can make it tough on your job with the constant fear of or need to rush to the toilet. OAB can also get in the way of intimate relationships.
The first step to regaining control is to speak to your healthcare professional, such as your GP, Urologist or Urogynaecologist.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some people with OAB can have a lower quality of life than those with asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease
(as measured by the health utility index)*
* Health Utility Index is a family of generic health profiles and preference-based systems for the purposes of measuring
health status, reporting health-related quality of life and producing utility scores.