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Is overactive bladder the same as urinary incontinence?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Overactive bladder is a form of a specific type of urinary incontinence. Urge incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence where a person suddenly feels the need to expel urine and has just a minute to do so before an accident. Most often, urge incontinence is caused by something else, such as a urinary tract infection or a bladder irritant. However, when no particular cause is known, urge incontinence is then referred to as overactive bladder.

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