About Overactive Bladder

You’re not alone if you're frustrated by an overactive bladder. Millions of people experience bladder issues at some time. That's why we used our expertise in sacral nerve stimulation to develop an innovative overactive bladder treatment for patients who have failed or could not tolerate more conservative treatments.


Having overactive bladder prevents you from controlling when and how much you urinate. You may experience unexpected small or large leaks, or use the bathroom very frequently. Some people experience a combination of these symptoms.


Overactive bladder is characterised by uncontrolled contractions of your bladder.


There are different types of overactive bladder:

  • Frequent urges to urinate (urgency-frequency)
  • Inability to hold urine/leaking (urge incontinence)

Risk Factors

Menopause or an enlarged prostate may increase your risk for bladder control problems. Overactive bladder is not a natural part of ageing. Pregnancy and childbirth, obesity, weak pelvic muscles, diabetes, prostate cancer, bladder cancer or stones, and neurological disorders can also be contributing factors. In addition, certain medications, high calcium levels, constipation or inactivity can put you at risk.


Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and how they are affecting your day-to-day life. Your doctor will make a diagnosis based on your symptoms.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 7 Mar 2013

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