For most people, the bladder easily stores urine until it is convenient to use the bathroom, usually four to eight times a day. However, some people find that they need to go more than eight times a day or that they wake up in the middle of the night with the need to urinate. Needing to go too often can be a symptom of many disorders and can also be a condition on its own.
On its own, frequent urination can be the result of overactive bladder syndrome, in which overactive bladder muscles cause the frequent feeling of the need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full. Frequent urination can also be a symptom of many different conditions, including urinary tract infection, diabetes, prostate problems or a neurological condition. It can be the side effect of many medications, and it is common for pregnant women to experience frequent urination as the growing uterus presses on the bladder.
If frequent urination is interfering with a normal lifestyle, sleep or activities, DFW Urology Consultants can help patients pinpoint the cause of the condition. If frequent urination is accompanied by other symptoms, including fever, nausea, fatigue, discolored or cloudy urine, painful urination or discharge from the penis or vagina, it is important to seek medical attention.
The doctor will assess symptoms, perform a physical exam and look at the patient’s health history to determine potential causes of frequent urination. The doctor may order additional tests to analyze the composition of the urine, assess bladder health and rule out neurological or other physical causes.
Treatments for frequent urination depend on the underlying cause and often require treating the root condition. Treatments for overactive bladder itself often begin with lifestyle modifications to manage the bladder, including fluid intake, dietary changes, bladder retraining, and exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor. Medical interventions such as prescription drugs, Botox of overactive bladder muscles, and surgery are available for more severe cases.
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