Overactive bladder—which your doctor may refer to as “OAB”—is an umbrella term that includes the frequent and urgent need to empty your bladder. One of the most common overactive bladder symptoms is a sudden urge to urinate, resulting in unintentional urine loss.
What are the Symptoms of Overactive Bladder?
You may be suffering from overactive bladder if:
You experience a sudden or compelling need to urinate with inability to hold urine or control it
You experience an urgent need to urinate and have urinary leakage accidents or trouble holding urine before making it to the restroom
You go to the restroom to urinate so often that it disrupts your life—typically 8 or more times a day
You wake up more than 1 time per night because you need to urinate
Did you know that patients can suffer from dual incontinence? Dual incontinence is when a patient is experiencing both bladder and bowel control symptoms.
Do you get sudden, strong urges to urinate and are unable to control it?
Do you go to the restroom 8 or more times a day?
Do you have accidental leakage before you make it to the restroom?
Do you have trouble urinating?
Have other treatments for your symptoms failed?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may suffer from overactive bladder.
Your journey to find the OAB treatment solution that works for you
1CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Discuss your overactive bladder symptoms
Start a baseline bladder diary
Undergo recommended diagnostic tests
Discuss treatment options
Bladder training exercises
Lifestyle changes (fluid/diet modification)
Overactive Bladder Patient Care Pathway
Your doctor and his or her clinical team will follow a patient care pathway, which is a roadmap of the different treatment options available to you. The pathway starts with conservative treatments and then moves on to the advanced therapies.
CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
follow up with Your doctor
What Is Sacral Neuromodulation?
Sacral Neuromodulation is a therapy that provides gentle stimulation to the nerves that communicate between the brain and the bladder and bowel. This advanced therapy helps restore normal communication, which can result in symptom improvement.
of treated patients achieved clinically significant improvements at 2-year3
Hear From the Experts
Rebecca McCrery, MD, FPMRSUrogynecologist
What is overactive bladder (OAB)?
Overactive bladder is a term that refers to a condition where patients have a lot of urgency to use the bathroom. They’ll often present with urinary frequency and some patients will also leak urine associated with that urge. Oftentimes patients will say, if they just had a few more seconds to get to the bathroom, they’d be good.
How do you approach treating patients with OAB?
In general, with OAB, we’ll start with conservative therapies: avoiding bladder irritants (such as caffeine and carbonated beverages) and making behavioral modifications (like going to the bathroom on a regular interval, even if somebody doesn’t have an urge to go). Doing some of these different strategies can be very helpful. Oftentimes, we’ll also incorporate a medication into the therapy to see if that gets the patient the results they are looking for. We do have several other options beyond medications that patients can opt to consider, such as Sacral Neuromodulation, tibial nerve stimulation, and Botox therapy.
There is a solution for you.
The good news is that there are overactive bladder treatment options for controlling your symptoms. Axonics Therapy is an advanced solution to treat your overactive bladder symptoms. This therapy is a clinically proven solution to help people regain urinary control.3
1. Coyne KS, Sexton CC, Thompson CL, et al. The prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in the USA, the UK and Sweden: results from the Epidemiology of LUTS (EpiLUTS) study. BJU Int. 2009;104(3):352-360.
3. Pezzella A, McCrery R, Lane F, et al. Two-year outcomes of the ARTISAN-SNM study for the treatment of urinary urgency incontinence using the Axonics rechargeable sacral neuromodulation system. Neurourol Urodyn. 2021;40(2):714-721. doi:10.1002/nau.24615