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Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition where the bladder contracts involuntarily when the bladder is being filled with urine. The muscle contractions may be spontaneous or provoked and often times a person with OAB can not control the muscle contractions, resulting in involuntary loss of urine. Some people also refer to bladder control problems as urinary incontinence. The symptoms of incontinence or OAB may appear singly or together.

More than 33 million Americans suffer from OAB, but as many as 80% of those who have it do not tell family members, loved ones, or their healthcare providers about it. It is important that you do discuss this condition with your doctor since it can be a debilitating, chronic disease. Anyone at any age can have OAB. Some women discover that the leakage of urine occurs after childbirth, when the stress and intense stretching during labor weaken the pelvic muscles and decrease their ability to contract, but there are many other causes as well.

It is important for you to know that OAB is a treatable condition. There are behavioral and medical therapies available that have helped many sufferers of OAB. Your doctor can help diagnose your condition and prescribe a therapy or combination of therapies that is right for you.

To help you better understand OAB it may also be helpful to understand how the bladder works.