Why Overactive Bladder Seems to Get Worse During the Winter

Available for Interviews: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist, an associate professor of urology & OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is an expert in women’s health and men & women’s sexual wellness.

What Dr. Eilber Can Say on
Overactive Bladder:

Overactive bladder (OAB) is urinary frequency, urgency, and sometimes urge urinary incontinence. Although there isn’t a direct connection between cold weather and overactive bladder, the indirect relationship may be due to 1) drinking more fluids: we tend to drink more hot drinks when it’s cold, such as coffee, and more fluid causes someone to have to urinate more and caffeine is a bladder irritant; 2) wearing more clothes during the colder months, which means it takes more time to go to the restroom and for some people with OAB this extra time to get your undergarments off is the difference between making to the restroom and not.  

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