Overactive Bladder

Gaia Urology P.C. -  - Urologist

Gaia Urology P.C.

Urologist located in Amesbury, MA & Danvers, MA

An overactive bladder can make it difficult to participate in normal work and school activities. If you’re tired of planning your day around trips to the bathroom, Dr. Pursell can help you regain control of your bladder functions. As the leading provider at Gaia Urology P.C., Dr. Pursell specializes in patient-centered care. To speak with Dr. Pursell about your condition, book an appointment at one of the office locations in Amesbury and Danvers, Massachusetts, by phone today.

Overactive Bladder Q & A

What causes an overactive bladder?

An overactive bladder, also known as urge incontinence, happens when the bladder muscles begin to contract involuntarily. A proper urinary function is determined by the muscles that control the bladder. 

Nerves send messages between your bladder muscles and the brain. When these nerves become damaged or impaired, it can cause your bladder to behave abnormally. 

Symptoms of overactive bladder include:

  • Involuntary loss of urine
  • Increased nighttime urination
  • A sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate

There are a number of issues that can cause the nerves of the bladder muscles to malfunction. They include:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Medications

Although an overactive bladder can be linked to certain underlying conditions, in many cases, the exact is unknown. 

How is an overactive bladder diagnosed?

Before you can begin treatment, your Gaia Urology team has to confirm that the symptoms you’re experiencing are caused by urge incontinence. 

In many cases, the signs of an overactive bladder are similar to that of other conditions like UTIs. To perform your diagnosis, your doctor performs a urinalysis and discusses your symptoms and medical history. 

A physical exam may also be required, with a focus on your abdomen and genital area. Your provider may also test the amount of urine left in the bladder after urination to ensure you’re effectively emptying your bladder. 

Depending on your diagnosis, there are a number of treatment options that can effectively address an overactive bladder.

How is an overactive bladder treated?

Medication is the mainstay of urgency/urge incontinence. There are several on the market and Dr. Pursell will use your history and physical to decide on the best ones to try. Most urge incontinence is manageable with a simple prescription.

Get in touch with Gaia Urology by phone today to learn more about overactive bladder treatments.