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Overactive Bladder Assessment Quiz:
Use this quiz as a self-assessment of your conditions to see if it's time to talk to your doctor if you think you might have overactive bladder disorder. This is not meant as a diagnosis tool because only a medical professional can provide an accurate diagnosis.
  • 1. Do you have a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate (urge incontinence)?
    Yes
    No
    While this is a sign of overactive bladder disorder, or OAB, it is a shared symptom of many other conditions.
  • 2. Do you urinate frequently, usually eight or more times a day?
    Yes
    No
    Frequent urination isn't just a sign of getting older. It could be a treatable condition, like OAB.
  • 3. Do you awaken two or more times a night to urinate?
    Yes
    No
    This is another common sign of OAB. It can cause you to lose sleep, but it can be preventable.
  • 4. Do you sometimes not make it to the bathroom in time?
    Yes
    No
    Bladder leakage following an intense urge to urinate is a symptom of OAB and other urinary conditions.
  • 5. Is the frequent urination disrupting your life?
    Yes
    No
    Urinating frequently can make you think twice about what you'll be doing and how to excuse yourself from a social situation.
  • 6. Do you feel uncomfortable going to new places because you don't know where a bathroom is? Do you avoid long car trips, going out or other events where you might not get to a bathroom quickly?
    Yes
    No
    OAB and other urinary disorders can have a major impact on how adventurous you feel. With a diagnosis and right treatment, you can regain your willingness to explore new things without fear of embarrassment.
  • 7. Are you taking any diuretics or medications containing caffeine?
    Yes
    No
    Caffeine and certain medications can cause you to urinate more frequently. Side effects can be confused with OAB.
  • 8. Are you over the age of 40?
    Yes
    No
    OAB affects 1 in 5 people over the age of 40, totaling 34 million Americans.
  • 9. Do you feel pain in your pelvic area when you have to urinate?
    Yes
    No
    If you experience pain when the urge hits, there is a better chance you could suffer from Interstitial Cystitis. While OAB has urges to go, they don't come with pain.
  • 10. Do you have bladder leaks when laughing, coughing or sneezing?
    Yes
    No
    This is a sign of Stress Incontinence, which is different from OAB.
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, it might be time to talk to your doctor. OAB is a common disorder than can be treated with diet, exercises, medications and even surgery.
Use these questions and Healthline's Doctor Discussion Guide to help you talk openly to your doctor.
If you answered "no" to all of these questions, then it appears you don't suffer from any OAB-like symptoms. Keep up with your good urinary tract health in your younger years to prevent problems in the future.
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Written by: Brian Krans
Written: June 29, 2010
Last Updated: June 29, 2010
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
 
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