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Do you have an Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

By EmpowHER March 20, 2012 - 1:21pm
Do you have an Overactive Bladder (OAB)? 0 5
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Does this describe you?

  • It seems like I’m always going to the bathroom
  • I use the bathroom more than eight times during the day
  • The first thing I do when entering a public place is locate the bathroom in case I have a sudden urge to go
  • I go to the bathroom whenever I’m near one, just in case I can’t find one when I need it
  • I get up more than twice during the night to use the bathroom
  • I am bothered by the number of times I have to go to the bathroom
  • I often have the sudden urge to urinate with little or no warning
  • When I have an urge to urinate, it’s overwhelming and difficult to ignore
  • I’ve had wetting accidents because I am unable to control the urge to go and can’t get to the restroom in time
  • I’ve had to alter my habit and lifestyle because of a frequent urge to urinate

If you answer “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have an overactive bladder. Talking to your doctor is the best way to confirm your diagnosis and get help for this treatable condition.

What you can expect at your doctor’s appointment
In confirming your diagnosis, you can expect:

  • A review of your symptoms (bring a checklist to your appointment)
  • A review of your medical history
  • General physician exam
  • Abdominal exam
  • Pelvic or genital/prostate exam
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood test

If you think you have OAB, don’t wait to get help. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and learn how you can regain control of your bladder and your life.

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