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your bladder problem?

  1. Is your bladder problem OAB? 1
    Is your bladder problem OAB? 1
  2. Try self help 2
    Try self help 2
  3. Talk to your doctor 3
    Talk to your doctor 3
  4. Review the outcome of your doctor's appointment 4
    Review the outcome of your doctor's appointment 4
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Bladder problems are not a normal part of aging

There are a number of reasons for developing a bladder problem, and in
most cases it can easily be treated.
  • Check your symptoms

    Complete this questionnaire to help determine whether or not you have a bladder problem, and, if so, what type of problem it may possibly be.

    During the past week, were you bothered by:
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    Frequently needing the toilet during the daytime hours (8 or more times a day)?
    Suddenly needing the toilet with little or no warning?
    Accidental leakage of small amounts of urine, for example when you laugh or cough?
    Accidental leakage of a small amount of urine after an urgent and uncontrollable need to go to the toilet?
    Waking up two or more times at night to go to the toilet?
    A painful or uncomfortable sensation when using the toilet?
    Wetting the bed?
  • It doesn’t look like you have an overactive bladder.

    But you may have another problem affecting bladder control. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor who’ll be able to diagnose you properly. In the meantime, have a look at the Bladder and Bowel Foundation website, which contains lots of useful information on common bladder problems and complaints.

    It looks like you could have an overactive bladder.

    You may want to print out this questionnaire with your results and discuss the contents with your doctor.

    Go to Step 2 (Try self help)

The two most common causes of bladder control problems are overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence.1

Overactive bladder means that you feel an intense urge to pass urine when your bladder contracts and squeezes it out. This happens even if your bladder isn’t full and you shouldn't really need the toilet. Sometimes this can lead to urge incontinence if you can't make it to the toilet in time. Stress urinary incontinence means that the bladder leaks a small amount of urine when it’s put under pressure, e.g. from laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising or having sex.

Videos to help you

If you think you have a bladder problem, or want to know more about overactive bladder, click on the videos to hear what doctors Christian Jessen and Dawn Harper have to say.
  1. NHS choices, treating urinary incontinence. Available at: