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Overactive Bladder (cont.)

Overactive Bladder Risk Factors

The most common risk factor for overactive bladder is increasing age. Approximately 20% of people over the age of 70 report symptoms suggestive of overactive bladder.

The following are other common risk factors for overactive bladder:

Race and gender are not considered major risk factors for overactive bladder.

Overactive Bladder Symptoms and Signs

Patient Comments

The hallmark of OAB is urinary urgency, a sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control. Actual loss of urine (incontinence) is not a defining symptom of overactive bladder, but it can happen as a result of urgency. Urinary incontinence tends to be more common in women with OAB compared to men.

The other symptoms of overactive bladder are urinary frequency (urinating more than eight times in 24 hours without any other reason, such as taking water pills) and nighttime urination or nocturia (waking up at least twice in the middle of the night to void).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015

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