Overactive Bladder Specialist in The Villages, FL
What is an overactive bladder?
Overactive bladder (OAB) involves a frequent and rapid uncontrollable urge to urinate, often due to your brain mistakenly telling your bladder to empty when it isn’t full or due to overactive bladder muscles.
You might have mixed incontinence — a problematic combination of both SUI and OAB. SUI is stress urinary incontinence — the unintentional loss of urine during physical activity or movement, such as coughing, running, or heavy lifting. SUI usually occurs due to weakened and stretched pelvic muscles.
An overactive bladder might lead to the involuntary loss of urine (urge incontinence). If you have an overactive bladder, you might also feel embarrassed, limit your work or social life, or isolate yourself.
What causes an overactive bladder?
Your kidneys produce urine that drains into your bladder. When you urinate, urine flows from your bladder through an opening at the bottom and passes out of a tube called your urethra.
Overactive bladder might be caused or exacerbated by a multitude of factors, such as:
- Involuntary bladder contractions
- Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
- Hormone fluctuations
- Medications that result in a rapid increase in urine production
- Acute urinary tract infection
- Abnormalities in the bladder, such as bladder stones or tumors
- Factors obstructing the bladder outflow, such as an enlarged prostate or constipation
- Previous surgical procedures to treat other forms of incontinence
- Excess alcohol or caffeine consumption
Your NUWA WORLD provider helps you determine what’s causing your overactive bladder and the best ways to treat it.
How is overactive bladder treated?
Dr. Uzoma Nwaubani might suggest certain testing, such as urine testing, blood work, or cystometry — a test to measure pressure in your bladder and the surrounding region when your bladder is filling.
To treat your overactive bladder, your provider might suggest:
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Limiting coffee and alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking
- Managing chronic conditions like diabetes that could contribute to overactive bladder
- Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor
Your provider might suggest certain medications, such as anti-inflammatories. An intermittent catheterization is an option in some cases — where you use a catheter periodically to empty your bladder.
With surgical procedures for overactive bladder, the objective is usually to improve your bladder’s ability to store urine and reduce pressure on your bladder. In more severe cases, your provider might suggest a procedure to remove your bladder or to increase bladder capacity by using pieces of your bowel to replace a portion of your bladder.
When you’re dropping everything to run to the bathroom, it can feel like your overactive bladder really is in control of your day. Fortunately, board-certified urogynecologist Dr. Nwaubani has the solution for overactive bladder (OAB) and the trials and tribulations that come along with it. The dedicated medical team offers complete and effective management and ongoing care of all forms of urinary urgency incontinence and urinary frequency. Our urogynecology clinic in Wildwood, FL is conveniently located to patients located throughout The Villages, Ocala, Summerfield, Oxford, Lake County, Osceola County, Orlando, and the surrounding areas. To schedule your OAB testing and treatment, please call (352) 633-0703 or request an appointment though our secure online form.
Bladder control problems affect tens of millions of people every day. If you’re one of them, you should speak up.
Does this sound familiar?
- Urinating more than 8 times a day
- Avoiding social events
- Using pads to control leaks
- OAB is extremely common.
- 1 in 6 adults has OAB, or 43 million adults in the U.S.1,2
- 4.5 out of 10 adults don’t seek help for overactive bladder3
Ignoring OAB Poses Risks
People with undiagnosed OAB reported:3
- 54% loss of confidence
- 49% loss of self-esteem
- 45% loss of intimacy
You Are Not Alone – Find Relief for Bladder Control Problems
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a treatable condition. It’s not a normal part of aging. And you shouldn’t have to deal with it on your own.
1. Stewart WF, Van Rooyen JB, Cundiff GW, et al. World J Urol. 2003;20(6):327-336.
2. US Census Bureau 2020. US adult and under-age-18 populations: 2020 census. https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/adult-and-under-the-age-of-18-populations-2020-census.html. Accessed June 20, 2022.
3. Leede Research, “Views on OAB: A Study for the National Association of Continence.” December 16, 2015.
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.
Schedule a Consultation for Overactive Bladder Treatment in The Villages Today!
Don't let symptoms of overactive bladder control your life anymore, contact board-certified urogynecologist Dr. Uzoma Nwaubani to discuss your symptoms and the treatment options available. To schedule a consultation at our urogynecology clinic in Wildwood, FL, please call (352) 633-0703 or request an appointment online.