learn about all of
your OAB treatment

Did you know there are official OAB treatment guidelines developed by the American Urological Association (AUA) that physicians can consult when seeking the best treatment for their patients? You are probably familiar with some of these treatments, but you may not have heard about all of them. Find out what options you may have within the guidelines, and start a new discussion with a specialist in order to find a treatment option that works best for you.

No single treatment is right for everyone. Chances are, a specialist may need to try several treatments—or a combination of treatments — before finding the treatment that works best for you and your lifestyle. Working with a trained specialist to find the right treatment may take a little time, but it’s worth committing to the effort to begin to improve your quality of life.

Where are you on the OAB treatment pathway?

OAB Diagnosis

A medical professional has confirmed you have OAB with symptoms of urgency, frequency, and/or leakage.

Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes

Managing daily fluid intake, reducing bladder irritants (eg, caffeine), using disposable pads or underwear, and/or strengthening exercises for pelvic floor muscles


Over-the-counter products (oral medications or transdermal patch)

Prescription oral medication such as an anticholinergic and/or a beta-3 agonist


Medication administered into the bladder. Treatment is repeated a few times a year.

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation

Electrode nerve stimulation near your ankle targeting the tibial nerve that leads to the bladder. Typically administered in office weekly for 12 weeks, then monthly.

Implantable percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation

A neurostimulator, which is implanted subcutaneously in the lower leg, targeting the tibial nerve that leads to the bladder. Typically performed in office and battery lasts
1 to 8 years.

Sacral neuromodulation

A surgically implanted device targeting the sacral nerve that leads to the bladder. Performed in surgery center and hospital outpatient settings and battery lasts
3 to 15 years.

Surgery (in rare cases)

Augmentation cystoplasty (bladder enlargement)

Urinary diversion

Indwelling catheters (including transurethral, suprapubic)

As you can see, just because you’ve tried one or two approaches doesn’t mean you’ve exhausted all of your options. Don’t give up hope before you’ve asked your healthcare provider about all possible treatment options.
Learn about a different treatment approach

Did you know?

Many patients never hear about these options because they don’t see the right type of medical professional, or they give up before having a conversation about the full range of treatment options. Ask on your first consultation about all available treatment options.

Take the first step — find an OAB specialist.

Remember, not all healthcare providers are specifically trained to adequately treat OAB. Which is why you need to find a specialist who will outline all of your treatment options.

Don’t waste time with treatments that are not working for you. If you are not getting the results you want, find a specialist and demand a treatment that works best for you.

Next: Is your doctor an overactivist?

  • - Widening the geographic area for additional doctors in your area
  • - Asking your Primary Care Physician or Gynecologist for a referral to a specialist

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