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Is it Overactive Bladder or Stress Urinary Incontinence?

Overactive bladder is a condition in which the bladder is not able to hold urine normally. With overactive bladder,  the detrusor, a muscle in the bladder, contracts more often than it should, which makes you feel like you must urinate – even when the bladder is not full.

Overactive bladder symptoms include:

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Any involuntary leaking or passing of urine is considered urinary incontinence.  It is not a condition, but rather a symptom. There are different types of urinary incontinence.

Stress Incontinence

When the muscles surrounding the urethra weaken (often as a result of aging, vaginal childbirth, and menopause), it is harder to prevent urine from leaking when the bladder is under pressure.  An example of stress incontinence may be leaking urine when you sneeze, cough, or laugh.

Stress incontinence is NOT the same as overactive bladder, and the treatment is different.  If you feel you have stress incontinence symptoms speak to your doctor about what treatments are available for you.

Those with stress incontinence will often wear pads or other protection in or as their undergarments.

Urge Incontinence

This type of incontinence may be a symptom of overactive bladder. It is the involuntary contracting of the detrusor muscle within the bladder and is  also called detrusor over-activity.

Combined overactive bladder and stress incontinence

It is definitely possible to have both stress incontinence and overactive bladder.  Each is treated separately.

How is Urinary Incontinence treated?

It is important to remember and remind yourself that there is hope.  Today there are several medications that can help with overactive bladder and urge incontinence. Speak to your doctor about your symptoms to determine what type of incontinence you may be experiencing, the potential cause, and possible treatment options. Along with prescription medications, other lifestyle tips often suggested include:

Prescription medication for Overactive Bladder

For overactive bladder the prescription medication Myrbetriq® has been used as a treatment for many people.  Learn more about what prescription Myrbetriq® can do for you.

Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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