Stop living with
Overactive Bladder

Bladder control problems affect tens of millions of people every day. If you’re one of them, you should speak up. There are treatment options available!

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What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

Overactive bladder, also called OAB, causes a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control. You may feel like you need to pass urine many times during the day and night, and may also experience unintentional loss of urine (urgency incontinence).

Does this sound familiar?

Going more than 8 times a day?   |   Avoiding social events?   |   Using pads to control leaks?

Overactive Bladder (OAB) Symptoms

If you're experiencing the symptoms of common bladder control problems, it's time to see a bladder incontinence specialist who may ask you to fill out a symptom tracker to get a better idea of your daily experience and help confirm your diagnosis.

Symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) include:


Urge incontinence

  • Going before you reach the bathroom

  • Experiencing frequent leaks

  • Using pads or protective garments



  • Frequent, uncontrollable urge to go

  • Going more than 8 times a day

  • Feeling like your bladder is never empty


Is Overactive Bladder Normal?

Spoiler alert: No. Bladder incontinence is not a normal part of getting older.

It’s not a normal part of anything. It’s annoying, inconvenient, and frustrating. Thankfully, it’s also treatable.

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loss of confidence

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People with OAB Experience:


loss of self-esteem

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loss of intimacy

Overactive Bladder Treatment Options

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

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Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy Delivered by The InterStim System

Evidence suggests that breakdowns in the bladder-brain communication pathway may be a root cause of OAB and non-obstructive urinary retention. That’s why conventional treatments may not produce the results you want – they don’t directly target this miscommunication. Unlike conventional treatments, the Medtronic InterStim systems gently stimulate the sacral nerves in the pelvic area that control the bladder. This may help restore* bladder-brain communication and reduce symptoms.

Get more control with the InterStim Systems


84% satisfaction among those who use it 

3x greater improvements
in OAB quality of life

82% of people
achieved success at year 5

In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.

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