When the urge hits, the need to urinate can feel desperate, embarrassing and exhausting. When you have an Overactive Bladder (OAB), this feeling is part of a constant daily struggle.

OAB can cause a sudden urge to urinate, and can lead to an involuntary contraction of the bladder muscles and loss of urine. According to Everyday Health, although many factors can effect urination frequency, approximately 17% of women 18 years and older experience OAB symptoms.

“Contrary to popular belief, OAB can occur without any specific cause, and is not limited to a specific age or activity level.” says Rovena Reagan, Principal Investigator at Women’s Health Care Research.

Additional conditions, including diabetes, excess consumption of alcohol or caffeine, urinary tract infections, medication, tumors and bladder stones, can contribute to the symptoms of OAB.

“Emotional distress, lack of sleep, anxiety and other external factors can also contribute to the presence of OAB.” explained Dr. Reagan.

OAB can impact a patient’s overall quality of life, and even limit work and social interaction for fear that the urge may be too difficult to control at the wrong time. The physicians at Women’s Health Care Research are working to change this reality.

“Our research will help us have a better understanding of the condition and find new ways to treat it. We are hopeful and excited to be working with such cutting-edge treatment options,” says Dr. Reagan.

Qualified volunteers will have the opportunity to receive study-related care and medication at no cost. Additionally, participants will help further research by evaluating new investigational treatment options and ultimately help others to find relief.

Click HERE to learn how to apply to clinical trials for OAB.

About Women’s Healthcare Research

Women’s Health Care Research is a locally owned research group, founded in San Diego, California, by Dr. Rovena Reagan. The group’s main goal is to assist the medical community in the advancement of scientific knowledge related to women’s health care, treatment and medication. Participation in a clinical research is completely voluntary and provides participants with the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatment options often unavailable outside of a clinical research study.