An overactive bladder affects an estimated 30% of men and 40% of women, according to the Urology Care Foundation. A key symptom is a sudden and urgent need to pee, and sometimes sufferers will even leak a little urine too. When a typical bladder gets filled with urine, your brain sends you the signal to begin searching for a bathroom. You can probably wait until you get home or until the end of the movie. An overactive bladder may not be full before it sends an urgent message to find a bathroom ASAP.
You might also feel symptoms of an overactive bladder if your bladder muscles are active and don’t relax after you’ve emptied it. St. Pete Urology notes that low-impact exercises can be beneficial to managing OAB but running and other high-impact workouts could get your bladder going. If your urge to pee during these exercises makes you uncomfortable, it might be better to stick to something like swimming or cycling. Strengthening your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises can also help you control any incontinence.