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Welcome to BladderProblem.co.uk, the UK web resource for people living with overactive bladder, a common condition affecting hundreds of thousands of people in this country.

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A common problem

Overactive bladder is common. It is not due simply to poor health or getting older but is caused by the bladder muscle, known as the detrusor muscle contracting involuntarily. It affects approximately 2.3 million people over the age of 40 in the UK.2,3

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7.12%
of UK population
OVER 40 MAY BE
AFFECTED BY OAB

What is OAB?

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a medical problem that affects the way your bladder behaves. OAB is an involuntary and sudden contraction or squeezing of the muscle in the wall of the bladder. Common symptoms include:

OAB Urgency

Urgency


a sudden, strong urge to empty the bladder quickly

OAB Frequency

Frequency


going to the toilet more often than you did before

OAB Nocturia

Nocturia


being woken at night several times to go to the toilet

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Bladder control self assessment

If you think you may be suffering from a bladder control problem, try the self assessment questionnaire. You should discuss the outcome with your doctor.

Symptoms
No
moderately
a lot

Q1

Is it difficult to hold urine when you get the urge to go?
Is it difficult to hold urine when you get the urge to go?

No

Moderately

A lot

Do you have a problem with going to the toilet too often during the day?

Q2

Do you have a problem with going to the toilet too often during the day?

No

Moderately

A lot

Do you have to wake from sleep at night to pass urine?

Q3

Do you have to wake from sleep at night to pass urine?

No

Moderately

A lot

Do you leak urine?

Q4

Do you leak urine?

No

Moderately

A lot

This is not a medical device and should not replace your GP's medical opinion. Any health concerns should always be discussed with your GP.



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More Information

OAB overactive bladder practival tips

Practical Tips

Your OAB is with you wherever you go, and can be particularly problematic when you are travelling. We have curated some tips on how to manage your symptoms, whatever your circumstances.

OAB overactive bladder treatments

Treatments

There are a number of treatment options that can help reduce symptoms to a manageable level. Your doctor/nurse will determine the most appropriate treatment options for you.

OAB overactive bladder resources

Resources

If you would like to print out information about OAB we have included downloadable booklets for you below. These can be useful if you want to keep this information close to hand or share it with someone you know!

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