The symptoms of overactive bladder occur because the muscles of the bladder involuntarily contract. This contraction creates the urgent need to urinate. However, in some people, this urge is purely sensory, meaning that you might feel the need to void even though the muscles aren't contracting.

Common symptoms include:

  • Urinary urgency- the failure to postpone urination
  • Frequency of urination usually 8x or more per day, often accompanied by urge incontinence- leakage of urine when one gets the urge to urinate 
  • Nocturia- the need to get up at least 2 or more times per night. 

Mixed Incontinence

Some people may also have a disorder called mixed incontinence, when both urge incontinence and stress incontinence occur. Stress incontinence is the loss of urine when you exert physical stressors or pressure on your bladder, as when you cough or laugh.

  • Do you unexpectedly leak urine? How often?
  • When coughing, laughing or sneezing, do you ever leak urine?
  • Do you leak urine while you are on your way to the bathroom? How often?
  • Do you need to use pads or extra cloth in your underwear to catch urine?
  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • What work or social activities do your symptoms keep you from doing?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?


At Alpine Urology, we care about you and your urological needs. We encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your treatment options.