During Bladder Health Awareness Month, OAB Specialists Answer Women's Questions About Overactive Bladder

Published On: 11/17/2015

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month

Recognizing that overactive bladder (OAB) is a private yet all too common problem for many women living with its life altering symptoms, Chesapeake Urology’s comprehensive overactive bladder program and its team of OAB and continence specialists focus on the effective, long term management of OAB symptoms in women. This November, during Bladder Health Awareness month, the OAB specialists at Chesapeake Urology urge women living with the symptoms of OAB to seek help and regain their quality of life. 

“OAB is a chronic condition. While there is no cure, there are many treatments we can provide to help women manage their symptoms successfully,” says urologist and OAB specialist, Lisa Hawes, M.D. of Chesapeake Urology.  “Our team of OAB specialists understands that when it comes to overactive bladder symptoms, there’s no one-size-fits-all fix. Every woman is unique and our comprehensive OAB program is focused on this individualized approach to managing the condition and restoring a woman’s quality of life.”

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Women Have Questions About OAB, Chesapeake Urology Has Answers

Many women living with the symptoms of OAB are often embarrassed to talk to their doctor about the condition, and some women don’t know where to turn to for help. The OAB specialists at Chesapeake Urology answer some of the most common questions women have about OAB:

Q: Am I the only one I know living with these OAB symptoms?

A: No, many women experience the urinary urge associated with OAB at some point in their lives. You are not along. In fact, approximately 40 percent of women in the U.S. live with the symptoms of OAB. The good news is 80% of people with OAB enjoy long term relief with a combination of behavioral and medical approaches to symptom management.

Q: What exactly are the symptoms of OAB?

A: The “gotta go” feeling or extreme urge to urinate more frequently are common symptoms of OAB. Many women find themselves constantly running to a bathroom.

Other symptoms include:

  • Urine leakage – The urge to urinate may cause your bladder to leak.
  • Increased frequency of urination – You may need to go to the bathroom many times throughout the day (more than eight times throughout the day).
  • Waking up at night more than twice to urinate.

Q: Can OAB be cured?

A:  Overactive bladder is a chronic condition that cannot be “cured,” but its symptoms can be successfully managed for the long term with the right diagnosis and careful treatment planning. Having ongoing communication with an OAB specialist is key to managing symptoms and to finding the best treatment.

Q:What are the treatment options for OAB?

A: The OAB specialists at Chesapeake Urology follow an individualized treatment pathway that is personalized to effectively manage a woman’s OAB symptoms. First line treatments include:

  • Physical therapy with a dedicated pelvic health physical therapist
  • Lifestyle changes and modifications to what you eat and drink, as well as keeping a daily bladder diary may be recommended.
  • Medication therapy - Medication may be combined with physical therapy and behavior modification.

If more conservative therapies are not effective, your urologist will re-evaluate your OAB symptoms and may recommend one of the following advanced treatments:

  • Bladder injections - In some cases of OAB, injecting Botox into the bladder tissues has been found to be effective in temporarily relieving symptoms.
  • Neuromodulation therapy - Implantable neuromodulation devices such as Urgent® PC or Interstim® stimulate the nerves in the pelvis and bladder to control bladder function.


Learn more about Chesapeake Urology’s Comprehensive OAB Program and the unique approach to OAB management and treatment by visiting womenshealth.chesapeakeurology.com or call
877-771-9508 to schedule an appointment with an OAB specialist.