Frequent Urination Specialist
When the frequent need to urinate interferes with leading a normal life, it can be frustrating and embarrassing to manage. At Urology Consultants of Maryland, Dr. Cynthia J Moorman and her trusted staff help patients identify the underlying cause of frequent urination and manage the symptoms.
Frequent Urination Q & A
What is frequent urination?
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.
What causes frequent urination?
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.
How is frequent urination diagnosed?
If frequent urination is interfering with a normal lifestyle, sleep or activities, Urology Consultants of Maryland 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.
What are the treatments available for frequent urination?
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, Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS), Botox of overactive bladder muscles, and surgery are available for more severe cases.