Frequent urination?

Should I be concerned?

Frequent urination or urinary frequency creates life altering problems that should be corrected early. Acting early can help to prevent medical, social, emotional and physical events that can happen when urinary frequency is left untreated.

Your initial experience with frequent urination can be examined by looking back at any habits or events that have recently occurred, such as drinking caffeinated drinks, starting a medication, drinking fluids in the evening, illness or lifestyle changes. Removing any of these possible frequent urination causes may be the simple fix you need.

What is frequent urination?

Frequent urination is a very subjective term. Urologically speaking, waking up more than once or twice at night constitutes urinary frequency and in the day time, you should be able to hold your water for 3 to 4 hours. When estimating urinary frequency, the amount of fluids you drink and any medications you may be using need to be factored in.

While some people will seek solutions to their urinary frequency when they start to wake up once or twice at night or find themselves going to the bathroom more than usual, others will seek answers only when they start to wake up six, seven or eight times a night, and no longer go to social events for fear of public accidents.

Sometimes job or lifestyle constraints do not allow time for people to go to the bathroom as frequently as their body demands. Individuals sometimes think that the ability to hold their water so long means they have a healthy normal bladder since this is what their lifestyle demands. Unfortunately, this holding of urine simply enlarges the bladder and can desensitize the need to urinate. The habit of “holding it in” can bring on problems later in life.

Why does urinary frequency occur?

The reasons for your need to go more often to the toilet are fairly easy to find out with a trip to see us. Any self-conscious, financial or time constraint excuses that are used to not go to see the doctor simply allows whatever medical disorders that are just starting out to become worse. Your unchecked urinary frequency may be the sign that leads to a serious disorder, or it may be resolved very simply!

Frequent urination is often tied to other symptoms including:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms: painful urination, burning urination, an urgency to urinate, hesitancy to urinate, cloudy urine, smelly urine, kidney pain, microhaematuria (unseen blood in urine), gross haematuria

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Stress incontinence

  • Bladder spasms

  • Cystitis (bladder infection)

  • Prostatitis

  • Kidney infection

  • Symptoms of kidney stones

London Urology Associates come with a wealth of experience on issues such as frequent urination so if this affects you then please do get in touch.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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