The OAB Resource Center
Overactive Bladder (OAB) affects roughly 33 million Americans. While it may not be life-threatening, it can be life-altering. It's symptoms include a frequent and urgent need to use the restroom, waking up several times at night to urinate, and sometimes leakage. It's most common in women, but OAB can also affect men. The good news is that it can be treated, and The National Association For Continence is here to help. We've assembled a range of educational materials, tools and guides to help you navigate this condition and your treatment path. Check out all the great information below - and check back often. We're continually updating this page with new resources to help you find the solutions you deserve.
SPECIAL VIDEO SERIES - LIVING WITH OVERACTIVE BLADDER
Over the course of the six short videos below, you'll be introduced to all the key concepts you'll want to know about OAB, including information about the nature of the condition, how you can manage it most effectively and the treatment options you're likely to encounter.
Everything is presented in simple, everyday language that you can relate to, minimizing confusion and giving you the insight you need to have a productive conversation with caregivers, healthcare professionals and others who can help you address your symptoms.
THE OVERACTIVE BLADDER CARE CONTINUUM
Your Introduction to OAB, detailing the care pathway you're likely to encounter as you seek treatment.
MANAGEMENT THROUGH BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
You can begin treating symptoms yourself by making some simple lifestyle changes.
BLADDER CONTROL PRODUCTS
There are more products out there than you can imagine. This guide can help you figure out what's right for you.
MEDICATIONS AND INJECTIONS
Medical treatments for OAB are more effective than ever - here's a sense of what your doctor may suggest for you.
If medications and injections don't work for you, other minimally invasive therapies are available.
For conditions that aren't responding well to other forms of treatment, surgery may be a good option.
THE NAFC OAB TREATMENT TRACKER
The NAFC OAB Treatment Tracker is designed to help you learn more about the options that are available for the treatment of your overactive bladder, including many you may not have heard of before.
Once you've completed your questionnaire, a free, personalized email will be sent directly to you. The information you receive will help you better manage your condition, and we encourage you to share them with your doctor for use in the diagnostic and treatment process.
SUPPORT AND INFORMATIONAL Videos
Education. Tips. New treatment options. Learn more about Overactive Bladder and what you can do to manage it.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS VIDEO DIARY 1
Hear firsthand how one brave MS sufferer overcame her incontinence symptoms.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS VIDEO DIARY 2
Hear and learn more from a real MS patient who refused to let incontinence get in her way.
aN eDUCATIONAL WEB PRESENTATION ON OVERACTIVE BLADDER
Nancy Muller, PhD, former executive director of the NAFC, offers guidance and insight on OAB.
free downloadable Guides
Learn how to talk to your doctor, learn about bladder retraining for OAB, and track your bladder habits with these useful OAB downloadable resources. Click on any of the images or text below and your guide will open in a new window. We encourage you to download these guides, print them out, use them yourself and take them with you to your doctors' appointments - they're all intended to help you find treatment options that produce real, meaningful results.
Most people don't think of the bladder as a muscle, but it is. And like any muscle, you can train it to become stronger. Retraining can even help you condition your bladder to hold more fluid for longer periods of time. This guide walks you through a simple, 6-week retraining process.
Click on any of the images below to read recent blog posts about OAB, including education and advice from our experts as well as from real people struggling with OAB and incontinence. To search even more articles on OAB, click here for our complete blog.