Symptoms of Overactive Bladder

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According to most incontinence experts and the National Association for Continence, you may have overactive bladder if you have one of the following symptoms:

  • You feel a need to go to the bathroom more than eight times a day.

  • You get up in the night more than once to go to the bathroom.

  • You sometimes feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom and worry you won't get there in time.

  • The urge to urinate is overwhelming.

  • Some urine leaks out before you can use the toilet.

You may have mixed incontinence (overactive bladder plus stress incontinence) if you also have one of the following symptoms:

  • Some urine leaks out when you cough, sneeze, or laugh hard.

  • Some urine leaks out when you lift something or bend over.

  • Some urine lifts out when you run, have intercourse, or exercise vigorously.


Paula Spencer Scott

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