What does it mean to have an overactive bladder/incontinence?
So I was doing a RealAge test and it asked if I have the condition ‘overactive bladder/incontinence’. I don’t understand what exactly that means, so could someone please help me?
Incontinence is simply the inability to control your bladder or bowels. Urinary incontinence is actually very common among women of all ages, but it becomes more common as you get older (I suspect that’s why it was being asked on the questionnaire). There are a couple of different types of urinary incontinence. One type is called "urge incontinence", but is commonly referred to as "overactive bladder" in the popular press and in drug commercials. It is basically a condition where you have sudden, very strong urges to urinate and can sometimes not get to a bathroom in time.
I hope that helps!