True or False: What Do You Know About Overactive Bladder?

Allison Bush | Nov 14th 2012 Oct 10th 2017

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True or False: Overactive bladder is just another name for incontinence.
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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, even though OAB is considered a type of incontinence, not all people with OAB experience incontinent episodes or wetting accidents. About 60 percent of people with OAB experience frequent urination and/or an overwhelming, sudden urge to urinate, but don't wet themselves. 

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  1. True or False: Overactive bladder is just another name for incontinence.

    Correct Answer: False

    According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, even though OAB is considered a type of incontinence, not all people with OAB experience incontinent episodes or wetting accidents. About 60 percent of people with OAB experience frequent urination and/or an overwhelming, sudden urge to urinate, but don't wet themselves. 

  2. True or False: Certain types of medication can cause OAB.

    Correct Answer: True

    OAB and other types of urinary incontinence can be caused by some types of medication, including diuretics. Caffeinated beverages can also cause urinary incontinence, as can urinary tract infections and nerve damage from childbirth or diabetes.

  3. True or False: Only older women suffer from OAB.

    Correct Answer: False

    According to the National Association for Continence, about 17% of women over age 18 (and 16% of men) have OAB. After 40, that number increases to 20% for both men and women.

  4. True or False: Drinking less fluid is a good way to avoid symptoms of OAB, like frequent urination.

    Correct Answer: False

    Many people who suffer from OAB tend to avoid fluid intake before going on a plane, before bed, or before leaving the house, which could dangerously lead to dehydration.

  5. True or False: Too much sex can lead to OAB in women.

    Correct Answer: False

    Sex does not cause OAB, but symptoms may present themselves while intimate.

  6. True or False: If you have OAB, it means you have a small bladder.

    Correct Answer: False

    The size of your bladder has nothing to do with OAB; OAB is the result of abnormal nerve signals beging sent to your bladder.