Frequent Urination

What is frequent urination?

Frequent urination, also known as frequency, is a medical condition marked by going to the bathroom more than 7 times in a 24-hour period while drinking about two-liters of fluid.

Everyone is different, but if going to the bathroom causes you to wake up multiple times throughout the night or is otherwise impacting your quality of life, it may point to a more serious underlying health problem.

What causes frequent urination?

The urge to urinate is a complex process involving your bladder, brain, and nerves. Lifestyle factors, certain medications, and underlying health problems can all contribute to frequent urination.

For example, if you drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages before bed, you’re more likely to need to use the restroom during the night. Conditions like diabetes, pregnancy, and prostate issues can also contribute.

Other common causes of frequent urination include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary incontinence

Sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia can also cause frequent urination.

What are the symptoms of frequent urination?

The most obvious symptom associated with frequent urination is excessive trips to the bathroom. However, other signs that require medical attention include:

  • Pain while urinating
  • Cloudy urine
  • Discharge
  • Increased thirst
  • Fever or chills

If nausea or back pain occurs, it may point to a kidney infection. Take your symptoms seriously and don’t be afraid to seek professional medical help.

How is frequent urination diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose frequent urination, the team at Skyline Urology performs a thorough physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms.

Make sure to bring a list of any prescription medications or supplements you’re taking, as these may contribute to your symptoms.

If necessary, your Skyline Urology provider can order urine analysis, diagnostic imaging, or STD testing to pinpoint the underlying source of your discomfort.

Treatment for frequent urination depends on the underlying cause. However, certain lifestyle changes like participating in kegel exercises and limiting fluid intake throughout the day can make a big difference.

For more challenging cases, the team offers bladder training and biofeedback therapy.