What is Urinary Urgency?

Urinary urgency, sometimes known as overactive bladder, is typified by powerful, sudden urges to urinate. Urinary urgency tends to increase with age and is more prevalent in women than men. When uncontrollable, it leads to urine leakage, or urinary incontinence.

There are a number of cause of urinary urgency. These include:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Polyps or tumors in the bladder or urethra
  • Caffeine, citrus juices, and alcohol
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Neurological disorders (Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, etc.)


Treating Urinary Urgency

Here are a few suggestions that treat urinary urgency at home:

  • Bladder retraining – training yourself to urinate on a set schedule
  • Kegel exercises
  • Cutting back on caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, soda)
  • Cut down on fluid intake before bed to eliminate trips to the bathroom during the night.

If these steps don’t help, your physician can help.