Why does my overactive bladder cause incontinence?

Several reasons. Overactive bladder means the bladder is sending signals that you need to go. Sometimes the signal is too much to hold back and the bladder contracts. If your urinary sphincter can't hold it back then you leak. That's called urge incontinence. Sounds like you need to get checked out by your doctor or a urologist. For more see http://peedoc.Com/female-urology or on twitter @thepeedoc.

Related Questions

Why have my overactive bladder and incontinence worsened with wt gain?

Bladder pressure. Increase in weight, particularily abdominal obesity, can increase pressure on the bladder. This increase pressure may exacerbate symptoms of overactive bladder and incontinence. Read more...

Is a c-section a better alternative for women with an overactive bladder? No incontinence, just overactive.

No. No advantages to a csection for oab. Oab is common in pregnancy since the baby is shrinking bladder capacity and making your kidneys filter more blood and make more pee. After you deliver, if symptoms persist, see a urologist. Read more...
Probably not. Whether or not a c-section can help to prevent pelvic floor damage and future incontinence is somewhat controversial, but it is highly unlikely that a c-section will be of any benefit in someone with oab. Read more...

Can you have overactive bladder without urinary incontinence?

Absolutely. Oab, also known as "gotta go, gotta go right now, " simply causes bladder spasms and the urgency to urinate. If you are able to get to a bathroom quickly, or your conscious control of your bladder muscles is strong enough, you can prevent urine loss. Typically however, oab tends to worsen over time, so the cause for your oab is important to determine. See you doctor! Read more...
YES. Urgency, frequency and nocturia, (waking up at night to urinate) are all part of overactive bladder (oab). In some cases, there is no incontinence. Read more...

Does c-section reduce the risk of urinary incontinence? I have an overactive bladder & mild incontinence (without even having given birth!). Is it wiser to deliver through c-section in my case?

Probably not. While the answer to your first question is "maybe", an overactive bladder might even be aggravated by a c-section (the bladder is normally pushed out of the way during the procedure). This is such a weak indication that a c-section would be considered purely elective and specific benefits to the bladder would not necessarily be expected. Read more...
C-Section will . Decrease the risk of stress urinary incontinence, it may not reduce the risk of urge incontinence or over active bladder but after you deliver and are done breast feeding there are many newer meds that work quite well for this. Read more...

Can you tell me are incontinece and overactive bladder the same thing?

No they are not. Urinary incontinence indicates uncontrolled urinary wetting. Due to neurologic or anatomic causes. Also functional bed-wetting ; senility. Overactive bladder manifests by urinary frequency >8x/day. Feeling of sudden urge to urinate which, if ignored will result in wetting (urge incontinence) ; nocturia (waking 2 or more times at night to urinate. Read more...

Can you tell me, are incontinece and overactive bladder the same thing?

Urge incontinence. Overactive bladder is defined as urinary urgency (an intense need to urinate) urinary frequency (urinating more than seven times daily) and nocturia which means waking up frequently to urinate. People with overactive bladder often also have urge urinary incontinence which is a loss of urine with an intence urge to urinate that can not be postponed. Read more...
Depends. Inontinence is the involuntary passage or leakage of urine. An overactive bladder can mean someone with increased urinary urgency and frequency. Some people with overactive bladders may also get urge incontinence, sudden strong urge to urinate and the inability to hold it in. Read more...

Bladder problems, overactive bladder. Sometime my bladder empties and I have no control over it. I can't stop myself from peeing.?

Medications. . Patients with oab have abnormal involuntary bladder contractions/spasms causing them to have urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence. Bladder diet: avoid bladder irritants like caffeine, alcohol, soda, citrus juices.Medications: bladder relaxing medicines may be prescribed. Read more...

Hello I have been having overactive bladder problems for 1 year now, I tried kegel exercises, changing my diet, and reducing liquids, none of it seems to work for me, it's ruining my sleep??

C Ur GYN or a urolo- -gift . There R many meds that can help. Bladder studies will also help 2 recommend treatment. . Read more...
Ask Dr. Your doctor can prescribe medications once you explain your efforts. Even if they are not successful, there are other possibilities. Botox and embedded stimulus devices exist. They're more invasive, risky and expensive but sometimes help when simpler treatments have not. Read more...