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There are various underlying risk factors that can contribute to an OAB condition
Although no precise causes for OAB have been determined, there are various underlying risk factors that can contribute to an overactive bladder condition.
Some risk factors are common and may include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Side effects of medications
Others are more severe and less common, such as:
- Nerve damage caused by spinal cord lesions
- Neurological disease (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, etc.)
- Blocked urethra due to enlarged prostate
- Prostatic surgery in men.
While each risk factor may be associated with OAB, it is important to note that some may be linked to other forms of bladder conditions. Some people may experience leakage when exuding any sort of effort or exertion, such as sneezing, laughing, coughing or exercise. This is referred to as stress urinary incontinence and is different from OAB.