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How does the sacral nerve affect bladder control?

Without your awareness, there is a constant loop of communication between your bladder and one of your lower spinal nerves (the third sacral nerve). About six times per second, the sacral nerve sends an impulse to the bladder to remind it "don't go now." If that signal isn't sufficiently strong or frequent, you can develop problems with urgency and frequency, known as overactive bladder (frequent urination and urges to urinate). Neurological strategies for overactive bladder attempt to improve the signaling from this sacral nerve.

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