Having a sudden urge to urinate -- and feeling as if you have no control over stopping it -- is a common symptom of overactive bladder. Urogynecologists Dr. Alexis Tran and Dr. David Kimble of Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness, located in Pasadena, California, offer evaluation and treatment of this common condition. Call the office or book an appointment online if you think you’re suffering from overactive bladder.
Overactive bladder is a different condition than stress urinary incontinence, which involves the involuntary leakage of urine during activity.
Overactive bladder describes a group of urinary symptoms, including:
Never feel embarrassed to ask for help from the doctors at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness if you experience any of these symptoms. Left untreated, overactive bladder can interfere with work and social activities. You may be more likely to avoid exercise. Getting up several times a night can negatively affect your sleep, too.
Overactive bladder often occurs when the nerve signals between your bladder and your brain get mixed up. These nerves may tell your bladder to empty, even when it isn’t full.
In some cases, your bladder muscles may be overactive and contract to pass urine before your bladder is full.
Aging and some diseases that affect your nervous system increase your risk of developing overactive bladder.
Dr. Kimble and Dr. Tran offer a variety of treatments for overactive bladder. Lifestyle changes, such as specific pelvic floor exercises and avoiding certain bladder-irritating beverages – such as those containing caffeine – may be enough to calm down your bladder. You may also undergo a process of retraining your bladder by teaching it to hold urine even when you feel an urge to go.
In some cases, medications that help relax your bladder muscle may be prescribed. Botox®, well-known for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, can also calm overactive nerves in your bladder.
The doctors may also recommend certain surgical procedures, such as the insertion of a bladder “pacemaker” to interrupt erratic nerve signals between your brain and bladder. The doctors review all of your treatment options and recommend the one that’s best for your symptoms and lifestyle.
If you’re one of the millions of women in the United States suffering from an overactive bladder, consult with the doctors at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness to find relief. Call the office or book an appointment using the online tool.