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Frequent Urination Symptoms

Feeling as though you constantly need to urinate can make life very difficult, especially if the urge to go is strong and simply cannot be ignored. Your activities of daily living are always being interrupted and it's very difficult to take a long car trip, sit in a theater, or even go to work.

Many people are affected by frequent urination symptoms at one time or other in their lives and it has many different causes. However, the good news is that abnormally frequent urination can often be successfully treated, or at least managed, with real improvement in your quality of life.

Frequent urination is also called overactive bladder (OAB), urgent urination or polyuria.

Characteristics of frequent urination symptoms:

  • Having to urinate every two to three hours, or even more often, including at night while trying to sleep (nocturia.) The average person can sleep for six to eight hours, or more, without having to get up to urinate.
  • Occasional incontinence, which is the uncontrollable leakage of urine.
  • Sometimes finding it difficult to empty your bladder.
  • Pelvic pain and pressure.

Who is most often affected by frequent urination symptoms?

  • Frequent urination is almost universal in pregnant women.
  • Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men are, and these infections cause more frequent urination.
  • Men over the age of about 50 are often affected due to an enlarged prostate gland.

Is frequent urination serious?

  • In some cases, it is just a matter of adjusting your medications or the amount of liquids that you drink.
  • In other cases, though, quality of life can be seriously affected.

Frequent Urination Causes Overview

Most common frequent urination cause types:

  • Bacterial infections of your urinary tract. Infection causes inflammation and swelling, which irritates your bladder and causes it to contract more frequently.
  • As the baby grows, the uterus must enlarge, and it often presses on the bladder. This leaves less room within the bladder for urine and so it must empty itself more frequently.
  • Enlargement of the prostate in men, especially older men. The enlarged gland can push against the bladder and block the flow of urine, which causes the irritated bladder to contract more frequently and vigorously in an effort to empty itself.

Less common frequent urination cause types:

  • Diuretics, which are foods or medications that tend to remove excess fluid from your body:

    • Diuretic medications are frequently prescribed for high blood pressure.
    • Caffeine has a diuretic effect in some individuals.
    • Excess alcohol can also have a diuretic effect.
  • Diabetes, either type 1 or type 2. An early symptom of diabetes is increased thirst and more frequent urination. Getting the diabetes under control will control both symptoms.
  • Bladder stones are crystallized mineral deposits and may create inflammation and blockage, making it difficult for the bladder to empty itself and resulting in frequent attempts at urination.
  • Vaginitis, or inflammation of the vagina, causes irritation, swelling, discharge, and more frequent urination symptoms.
  • Anxiety. Nervous anticipation over an upcoming event can cause the urge to urinate. This is part of the body's fight-or-flight reaction pre-paring you for action should it be needed, including an empty bladder.

Rare & unusual frequent urination cause types:

  • Chronic inflammation of your bladder.
  • Tumors in your bladder, urinary tract, or pelvis.
  • Stroke or spinal cord injury. One of the effects can be damage to the nerves of your bladder, resulting in increased frequency of urination and less control.
  • Dementia, which can cause lessening of control over many body functions.

Top 9 Frequent Urination Causes

  1. 1.Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes causes that blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to become high. With Type II Diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Insulin is necessary to metabolize glucose.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get screened for type II diabetes. If the screen is positive, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. There are also glucose-lowering medications that your doctor may prescribe.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, hearing loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Urinary Tract Infection

    In women, the opening to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is very close to the anus, and bacteria from the anus can easily escape and travel up the urethra. These bacteria can infect the bladder, and cause what is known as a urinary tract infection (UTI).

    You should go to your doctor, an urgent care, or a walk-in clinic to be treated. UTIs must be treated with antibiotics. It is important to get treated as soon as possible to avoid the infection from becoming worse and spreading. To prevent future UTIs, urinate frequently, wipe from front to back, and urinate after sex to rinse out bacteria.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pelvis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, urinary changes, abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    hidden: urinary changes: atrophy or inflammation
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)

    The prostate is a gland in men. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. As men age, their prostate grows bigger. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. An enlarged prostate is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Most men will get BPH as they get older. Symptoms often start after age 50.

    You should visit your primary care physician who may coordinate care with a specialist called a urologist. While some prescription medication may be used, no treatment is also an option. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your physician may choose to wait and follow-up if symptoms worsen.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, waking up regularly to pee at night, frequent urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Symptoms of Menopause

    Menopause is the point in life where your period stops. This happens when the ovaries stop making hormones that keep your cycle going.

    Diagnosis doesn't require a blood test and completed menopause is defined as not having a period for the last 12 months. Treatment of symptoms includes diet and exercise, hormonal and non-hormonal therapies, and OTC medications as symptoms occur.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, vaginal discharge, trouble sleeping, muscle aches, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with symptoms of menopause:
    hidden: menarche status: perimenopausal or postmenopausal
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, frequent urination
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Epididymitis

    Epididymitis is swelling (inflammation) of the epididymis, a tube that sits on top of the testicle and is involved in making sperm. Most cases of inflammation are due to an infection.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours in order to find out the cause of the infection. If the cause is bacterial, which is common in this condition, antibiotics are prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, fever, chills, vomiting, pain in one testicle
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.Chronic Prostatitis

    Prostatitis is swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum, and produces the fluid that carries sperm.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Your doctor will want to make sure that you do not have any other conditions and may write a prescription for medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    urinary changes, painful urination, testicle pain, frequent urination, constant but weak urination stream
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Yeast Infection

    Recurrent yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "Candida." Candida is the scientific name for yeast that lives almost everywhere, including in the human body. Typically, our immune system keeps it under control, but if you take antibiotics or gets sick, the fungus can multiply and cause an infection. In this case, it is happening in the vagina.

    You can treat this with over-the-counter medications. Meanwhile, you should plan a visit with your primary care physician to discuss your recurring symptoms. A longer treatment and additional testing might be needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, thick vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Frequent Urination Treatments and Relief

Seek immediate treatment in the emergency room or call 911 if you have pelvic, abdominal, or back pain; notice blood in your urine; and have fever.

Schedule an appointment for:

  • Frequent urination that has no apparent cause.
  • Frequent urination that is interfering with your work, sleep, or overall quality of life.
  • Loss of bladder control (incontinence.)
  • Suddenly finding it difficult to urinate at all.

Frequent urination remedies that you can try at home:

  • Drinking somewhat less fluid, as long as you don't become dehydrated.
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which can have a diuretic effect.
  • To minimize nocturia, reduce your late night intake of fluids.

FAQs About Frequent Urination

Here are some frequently asked questions about frequent urination.

Can frequent urination be an early sign of pregnancy?

Frequent urination can be a sign of early pregnancy. As your hormones adjust to a new pregnancy in the first trimester, you may urinate more frequently. The specific hormone is called human chorionic growth hormone, or hCG for short. The frequency tends to improve temporarily in the second trimester.

Will anxiety cause frequent urination?

Anxiety usually does not cause frequent urination. Overactive bladder, or a bladder that tends to give little notice before developing an urge to urinate can cause anxiety in some people, but it is uncommon to develop an overactive bladder following frequent urination.

Can UTIs lead to frequent urination?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can lead to frequent urination as infection and irritation of the bladder can lead to feelings of fullness. Other signs of a UTI include a change in color of urine or smell of urine. A foul smell of urine is a frequent sign of infection. An increase in the amount of bubble in the urine can also be a sign of a UTI as well as cloudy urine.

Which STDs cause frequent urination?

Any bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI and previously STD) can cause frequent urination. This means that viruses like the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not cause frequent urination. Diseases like trichomonas, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can and often do cause frequent urination or discomfort during urination.

Are frequent urination and ovulation linked?

While there are some reports of a linkage between ovulation and urination, and, theoretically, the hormones that cause ovulation can increase the frequency of urination, there are no reliable studies linking ovulation and frequency of urination. It is, however, a measure used to predict ovulation by many women. If you are monitoring your ovulation, either to get pregnant or prevent pregnancy, seek the counseling of a medical professional.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Frequent Urination

  • Q.Has your persistent urge to urinate gotten better or worse?
  • Q.Is your increased urge to urinate constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your persistent urge to urinate been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your persistent urge to urinate?

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Frequent Urination Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced frequent urination have also experienced:

    • 6% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
    • 5% Vaginal Bleeding
    • 5% Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced frequent urination had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
    • 21% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced frequent urination were most often matched with:

    • 31% Urinary Tract Infection
    • 1% Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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