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Urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans. 

The risk increases with age: Up to half of all women over age 60 have had incontinence. In fact, incontinence is more than twice as common in women than in men.

Overactive bladder (OAB), along with stress incontinence, is a common cause of urinary incontinence. At best, it's inconvenient and sometimes embarrassing. At worst, it can limit your work, social, and sex life.

To help Americans with overactive bladder, WebMD sought out the top questions among people with OAB and went to leading doctors for the answers. 

Do you have some of the same questions? Click on the OAB questions below to see our experts' answers.

Watch  Video Daphne McLaughlin shares that many people are too embarrassed to talk to doctors about their overactive bladder. Our expert shares valuable tips.

Watch  Video Dealing with accidental urine leakage? Get the tips you need to deal with accidental urine leakage associated with OAB.

watch video Is it normal to urinate more frequently as we age? Get answers here.

watch video How often is 'too often' to urinate during the day? What you should know.

Watch  Video Should you train your bladder to void on schedule? Get the facts on bladder training.

watch video What effect will exercise have on overactive bladder? A urology expert weighs in.

Watch Video What should you know about urine color? Niall Galloway, MD, director of the Emory University Continence Center shares insights.

Watch Video Is it normal to get up at night to go to the bathroom? Nedra Hood, MD, urologist at Emory University, answers.

Watch Video Wondering if your medications could be contributing to overactive bladder? Our expert answers.

Watch Video Hood takes the mystery out of what to expect when you're examined for overactive bladder.

Watch Video What can you change in your life to improve your overactive bladder symptoms? One of our experts weighs in.

watch video How are menopause and incontinence linked? Get the facts

Watch Video What about side effects of OAB medications? Galloway answers this common question.

watch video How can physical therapy help overactive bladder? What to expect.

Watch  Video What options do you have if your OAB medications aren't working? Galloway explains.

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