How common is OAB?

Understanding OAB

If you have OAB, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only person in the world with it. You’re not. OAB affects about 1 in 9 people worldwide.*1

If you believe your symptoms suggest OAB, don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor. A proper diagnosis can make managing OAB much easier.

Not just a girl thing

OAB is often thought of as a female condition, but it affects both men and women across all ages.

Not just an age thing

OAB is often thought of as a condition that only affects older people but it can actually affect adults of all ages. OAB does tend to become more common with age, though.

Hiding in plain sight

Despite its prevalence, there’s a huge lack of awareness around OAB. It means about only 6 out of 10 people with symptoms speak to a doctor about them.2

There are plenty of reasons why. Some of these can include: 2 * Embarrassment * The stigma surrounding bladder problems * The thought that nothing can be done to relieve symptoms * The belief that symptoms are a normal part of ageing * The perception that symptoms of OAB are not valid medical conditions

* Population based, cross-sectional survey of 19,165 men and women aged ≥ 18 years from Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom.1
1. Irwin DE et al. Eur Urology 2006;50:1306–15.
2. Milsom I et al. BJU Int 2001;87:760–6.