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Overactive Bladder

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Interested patients can call the Bladder Clinic at 608-263-4757 to schedule an initial consultation.

UW Health's urology program provides treatment for patients with overactive bladder.
 
Overactive bladder (OAB) is characterized by symptoms of frequent and urgent urination. It results from an involuntary contraction of the bladder that can produce such a sudden, strong urge to urinate that leakage occurs. OAB and stress incontinence are the most common bladder problems.
 
Overactive bladder affects an increasing number of women with age. About 15 percent of middle-aged women are affected; that incidence climbs to 30 percent as women approach their seventies.
 
Several treatment options are available in the UW Health Bladder Clinic. Women with OAB are most bothered by the urgency of urination and the need to urinate at night. For some, pelvic floor muscle exercises or changes in fluid intake can help. For others, daily medication can control bladder muscle hyperactivity.
 
For women whose overactive bladders have not been settled by standard therapies, a bladder pacemaker can alleviate urinary urgency and leakage problems, dramatically improving quality of life. This implantable device uses mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves to regulate the behavior of the bladder and pelvic floor muscles.