Harvard Health Letter

Overcoming an overactive bladder

An overactive bladder (OAB, also known as urge incontinence) causes a sudden urge to urinate, even when your bladder isn’t full. OAB can be caused by something temporary, such as a bladder infection. It can also result from another condition, such as multiple sclerosis. Women are twice as likely as men to struggle with OAB conditions, because of the stress of childbirth on the urinary tract as well as the loss of estrogen after menopause. In men, OAB may occur as the result of an enlarged prostate. Treatment includes Kegel exercises and vaginal estrogen creams for women, and medications and Botox injections for both men and women.
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