Do you keep a watch for the nearest way to the bathroom? Spend nights waking up to visit the bathroom to pee? If yes, then you may be suffering from frequent urination.
Frequent urination is a problem that can affect many aspects of one's life. This includes professional as well as personal. If you are worried, you too are suffering from frequent urination, then the following paragraphs will help you know more about your condition.
What is Frequent Urination?
It is quite normal for a person to visit the toilet 4 to 8 times a day. However, if one has to urinate more than 8 times a day and visit the bathroom 2-3 times at night, it indicates frequent urination.
What Causes Frequent Urination?
Frequent urination may be a sign of underlying health condition that requires your attention. In some cases, you may just be drinking a lot of water or other drinks. If you feel, you are having just enough of liquids, yet frequenting the bathroom too often, then read on further.
Urinary Tract Infection
Infection of the urethra and bladder by bacterial agents can lead to frequent urination. It reduces the capacity of the bladder to hold urine and thus, you need to use the bathroom excessively. Frequent urination is also the body’s way of flushing out the microorganisms causing infection. Urinary tract infection
One of the tell tale signs of diabetes is frequent urination. Increase in blood sugar levels leads to increase urine production. This is again the body’s way to flush out excessive sugar.
This is a chronic condition that causes pain in bladder. This condition can lead to frequent urination as well as urinary urgency. It is often seen people who need to urinate frequently even at night (nocturia) often suffer from intestinal cystitis.
An enlarged prostate can lead to frequent urination. The prostate tends to press the urethra and irritate the bladder. This causes the bladder to pass urine again and again, instead of holding it till it reaches it's capacity.
Those who suffer from stroke or other neurological diseases can suffer from an increase in frequency of urination. This happens when the nerves of the bladder are damaged and affects its normal functioning. Stroke
Just like urinary tract infection, an infection of the kidneys can lead to frequent urination. Kidney disease
The growing fetus presses against the bladder reducing its capacity to hold urine. This causes frequent urination in pregnant women. Pregnancy
Alcohol and Caffeine Consumption
Drinking excessive alcohol and caffeine can lead to excessive urination. Both act as diuretics and cause the body to pass urine frequently.
An overactive bladder is not a disease. It is just a condition that is associated with urinary problems. There is always an urgent need to urinate, even a small amount of urine in this condition.
Bladder cancer can lead to frequent urination. The functions of the bladder to hold the urine for a longer period of time decreases, leading to bladder cancer.
Diagnosis of frequent urination
If frequent urination is affecting your life, it indicates you have some problem that needs to be tackled, medically. The doctor will conduct a physical examination and take your medical history. Apart from this, he may conduct urinalysis, cystometry, cystoscopy, sonography and other tests to diagnose the problem causing frequent urination.
Treatment of frequent urination
Treatment for frequent urination includes management of the underlying problem. This includes keeping your diabetes under control, use of antibiotics to cure bladder or kidney infection, etc. Apart from this, the doctor may advise medications like Detrol. Ditropan, etc. to take care of overreactive bladder.
The doctor may also advise Kegel exercises to help strengthen the bladder and urethra muscles. This will improve bladder control and reduce the number of visits to the bathroom. Avoid drinking too much fluids and drinking before you go to bed. Do not drink excessive caffeine, alcohol or carbonated drinks.
Frequent urination is often associated with other underlying conditions. If you visit the bathroom more than 8 times a day, it’s time to notice the cause. Are you drinking too much liquid? Or do you see some other symptoms along with frequent urination? If yes, speak to your GP and get yourself examined for any underlying condition.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: december 29, 2014