How OAB is diagnosed

Understanding OAB

A healthcare professional will use a series of checks to rule out other reasons for your symptoms.

If you feel embarrassed discussing your problems with a doctor, you don’t have to be. They have your best interests at heart and you don’t have anything to be embarrassed about.


Your healthcare professional should ask you about your symptoms and what bothers you most.


Your healthcare professional should ask you about your medical history, any medications you may be taking or other urinary conditions you may suffer from.

Physical examination

Your healthcare professional may do a physical examination to check for other physical conditions or changes that could be causing the symptoms.


Your healthcare professional may get you to do a urine test. This will be analysed to exclude things like infections, diabetes and other factors.

Bladder diary

You may be asked to fill in a bladder diary. You’ll be asked to write down your toilet habits, the symptoms you experience and the amount of fluid you drink and urinate each day over a set period. You’ll be asked to return to your doctor to discuss your diary and next steps.


In a few cases, a healthcare professional may refer you to a specialist for a test called urodynamics. This is usually only done if the cause of your urinary symptoms is not clear.