It’s not uncommon for people with bladder problems to avoid going to their doctor about symptoms because they're embarrassed or don't know about treatment options. Unfortunately, by not addressing the condition, those with OAB may see their quality of life suffer significantly.

However, there are numerous effective treatment options for OAB and if you’ve recently been diagnosed then you’re on the road to successfully managing your bladder problem.

As with any new diagnosis, you’re sure to have questions for your doctor about your condition and treatment plan. Here are a few suggested questions that you might like to ask at your next doctor visit:

Questions for your doctor

  • Are there any complications associated with overactive bladder?
  • What do you suspect is the underlying cause for my condition?
  • Which OAB treatment do you recommend for me, and why?
  • Are there medications that I can take to treat my OAB?
  • If these medicines have any side effects, what can I do to help manage them?
  • Will the medication work immediately, or will it take time to see a benefit?
  • If the medication works and my OAB improves can I stop taking the medicine?
  • Can you “cure” OAB?
  • Are there any exercises I can do to help my symptoms?
  • Do I need to see a physical therapist?
  • Are there certain foods and drinks that will make my condition worse? What should I avoid?
  • Do I need to see a physical therapist?
  • What other lifestyle steps can I take to help manage my OAB?
  • Are there risks of not treating OAB?
  • Will OAB keep me from having a normal sex life?
  • Are there support groups for people with bladder problems in Ireland?
  • Can you recommend additional resources for information about OAB?
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