Overactive Bladder Specialist

Midtown Urology Associates

Urologists located in Austin, TX

Overactive bladder is a common condition that can throw a wrench in a normal day. Frequent trips to the bathroom can interrupt your workday, classes, or time spent with friends and family. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for overactive bladder. If you live in or around Austin, Texas, schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Trotter, Andrew Barger, APRN, and the team at Midtown Urology Associates today. Call the office or use online scheduling to find a convenient appointment time.

Overactive Bladder Q & A

What is overactive bladder and what are the symptoms?

Overactive bladder is not a single condition, but a term used to describe a group of symptoms. The condition is most commonly associated with frequent and sudden urges to urinate.

Many people think that overactive bladder is a normal part of the aging process, but this is not the case. Statistics compiled by the Urology Care Foundation suggest that as many as 33 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder.

The most common symptoms of overactive bladder include:

  • Urge to urinate followed by leaking urine
  • Having to wake multiple times to use the bathroom
  • Frequent urination during the day

What causes overactive bladder?

Usually, the nerves in your bladder send signals to your brain as your bladder fills, letting you know that you need to empty your bladder soon.

When you’re ready to urinate, your brain communicates that need to your bladder, and a series of muscles contract to force the accumulated urine out of your bladder and through your urethra.

Researchers believe that overactive bladder may be caused by a problem with your nervous system, leading to a miscommunication between your brain and bladder. Another potential cause could be overactive muscles in your bladder.

When you come in for your initial appointment, your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates performs a physical exam and asks you a series of questions about your urinary habits. Be prepared to share details of your symptoms, and to ask any questions you may have.

What are some treatment options for overactive bladder?

Everyone who suffers from overactive bladder has a distinct experience with the condition, and each person responds differently to various treatment options. Your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates works with you to find a treatment path that’s right for your needs and lifestyle.

Some treatment options focus on behavioral modification, including:

  • Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
  • Scheduled bathroom visits
  • Bladder training
  • Intermittent catheterization
  • Use of absorbent pads or undergarments

Other treatment approaches include:

  • Medications
  • Bladder injections
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Surgery

Some people incorporate alternative medicine therapies into their overall bladder control approach. These therapies may include acupuncture, biofeedback, or other alternative methods.

To learn more about the tools and techniques that can assist you in achieving bladder control, contact the urology specialists at Midtown Urology Associates online or over the phone.