Urgency: The major symptom of OAB is a sudden, strong urge to urinate that you can't ignore. This "gotta go" feeling makes you afraid you will leak urine if you don't get to a bathroom right away. You may or may not leak urine after feeling this urge to go.
If you live with OAB, you may also:
Leak urine (incontinence): Sometimes people with OAB also have "urgency incontinence." This means that urine leaks after you feel the sudden urge to go. Some people may leak just a few drops of urine. Other people experience a sudden gushing of a large amount of urine.
Urinate frequently: You may also need to go to the bathroom many times during the day. The number of times someone urinates differs from person to person. But many experts agree that going to the bathroom more than 8 times in 24 hours is "frequent urination."
Wake up at night to urinate: Having to wake from sleep to go to the bathroom more than once a night may be another symptom of OAB.
What Should You Do if You Think You Have OAB?
If you think you may have OAB, talk with your health care provider. Sometimes OAB symptoms can be the result of a urinary tract infection, an illness, damage to nerves, or a side effect of a medication. So it's important to go to a health care provider to find out if you have any of these problems. If you do have OAB, there are treatments to help. Together, you and your health care provider can choose what's best for you.