Overactive Bladder Specialists

Greater Hartford Urology Group

Urologists located in Hartford, Glastonbury & Enfield, CT

Overactive bladder is a relatively common condition, but it shouldn’t be a normal part of aging. With proper treatment, it can be addressed and alleviated. The team of physicians at Greater Hartford Urology Group has successfully treated many cases of overactive bladder at their state-of-the-art offices in Hartford, Enfield, and Glastonbury, Connecticut. Schedule a consultation today by phone or online and discover how ED Specialists of Connecticut can help you find relief from your overactive bladder.

Overactive Bladder Q & A

What is overactive bladder?

Overactive bladder is a condition that causes an unexpected urge to urinate or an involuntary loss of urine (incontinence). It affects roughly 33 million Americans and is more prevalent among women than men. 

The condition can significantly affect quality of life, causing emotional distress, disruption in your sleep, and complications with sexual performance. Due to the unpredictable nature of overactive bladder, many people find themselves limiting their social activities, which can lead to isolation and psychological difficulties.

There are many treatments, however, to successfully limit the effects of overactive bladder and improve your outlook.

What are the symptoms of overactive bladder?

Overactive bladder is characterized by a lack of control over your ability to urinate, but an occasional incontinence episode doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the condition. There are many situations that can lead to urine leakage, like laughing too hard or ignoring the need to urinate for an extended time.

Rather, those who experience overactive bladder have the sudden urge to urinate with a frequency and urgency that’s disruptive to their quality of life or day-to-day tasks.

What causes overactive bladder?

Normally, when your bladder fills up, your pelvic floor muscles contract and send a signal to your brain that you need to urinate. When you have an overactive bladder, those muscles contract involuntarily, meaning that you feel the need to urinate even if your bladder isn’t full.

There are several conditions that can cause these involuntary contractions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Hormonal changes
  • Bladder abnormalities, like bladder stones or tumors
  • Stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Certain medications
  • Excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption

While overactive bladder is not a normal part of aging, the risk for developing it does increase with age.

What are the treatment options for overactive bladder?

There are a variety of treatments available that address overactive bladder, such as:

  • Medications
  • Bladder injections with Botox® 
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)
  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy for your pelvic floor muscles

When you come to Greater Hartford Urology Group for overactive bladder treatment, your provider conducts a thorough physical exam to help determine which treatment method would be most effective for your condition.

Schedule your consultation today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.