Urge Incontinence/Over Active Bladder Causes


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Urge incontinence, or an overactive bladder, can be caused when the brain is unable to understand or act upon the urge to urinate. It can happen when the sensors in the bladder wall which communicate with the brain are damaged, or can also be caused if there is damage to the spinal cord. It can be triggered by many things, such as the sound of running water, or sexual intercourse. It can also be caused when certain muscles in the bladder spasm and the brain cannot control them.

People who consume large quantities of caffeine and alcohol are at increased risk of suffering from an overactive bladder, as these fluids are diuretics – this means the cause the kidneys to produce more liquid.

Many people who suffer from an overactive bladder will also have other health problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or fibromyalgia. Some experts also believe that you will be more likely to suffer from an overactive bladder if you suffer from depression, anxiety or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).