Urinary incontinence – sometimes referred to as bladder leakage – is one of the most common symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB). There are several types of urinary incontinence, and some patients experience a mixture of types. Though urinary incontinence affects older adults at higher rates than younger adults (especially among women), any bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging, can have a significant impact on quality of life, and may be a sign of an underlying health problem.
According to Pamela Fairchild, M.D., a urogynecologist at Von Voigtlander Woman’s Hospital at Michigan Medicine,some form of urinary incontinence – sometimes referred to as bladder leakage – affects approximately half of all women over the age of 20. This is especially true for older women.
Urinary incontinence is a major symptom of overactive bladder (OAB), a clinical syndrome characterized by urinary urgency (and sometimes frequent urination and nocturia.) According to the American Urological Association, up to 5% of men and 30% of women experience urinary incontinence in the U.S.
Frequent urination is one of the most common symptoms of overactive bladder, or OAB. But how do you know if you’re urinating too frequently? What are the causes of frequent urination, and what can be done to manage or treat the symptoms?
People with healthy bladders should be able to stay asleep for 6 to 8 hours without needing to get up to use the bathroom. This is because, during sleep, the body naturally produces less urine, reducing the need to empty the bladder and thus allowing the body to rest uninterrupted.
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