Bladder frequency and urgency

Overview

Bladder frequency and urgency, also commonly known as overactive bladder, is a condition characterized by the frequent need to urinate, urinary urgency, urge incontinence, bladder pressure or difficulty holding back a full bladder.

Often people with overactive bladder are unable to hold urine long enough to reach a restroom. It can be found in people who have conditions such as diabetes, stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, but it may be an indication of other diseases or conditions that would also warrant medical attention. It commonly appears without apparent cause.

Our approach

Treating overactive bladder may involve medication, exercises and surgery. If surgery is needed, the urogynecologists at North Shore-LIJ Health System have unique specialty training that allows them to perform even the most complex procedures. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, lifestyle and overall health, a North Shore-LIJ urogynecologist will develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Take control of your health

Millions of Americans experience urinary incontinence. Are there treatment options for you?