Welcome to OAB.ie, the new Irish web resource for people living with overactive bladder, a common condition affecting hundreds of thousands of people in this country. Common symptoms include:
a sudden, strong urge to empty the bladder quickly
going to the toilet more often than you did before
being woken at night several times to go to the toilet
OAB can have symptoms of urinary urgency incontinence. This happens because the bladder urgency is so overwhelming that there may be some involuntary loss of urine before you reach the toilet.
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.
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 350,000 of people over the age of 40 in Ireland.2Learn More
It is very important to discuss your symptoms with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist so that they can assess you properly and determine the extent of your problem. It may help to complete the 5 day bladder diary and discuss the results with a healthcare professional.