Just as there are many reasons which cause you to urinate frequently,
there are many ways to treat the problem. Talk to your doctor if
frequent urination is affecting your sleep, work or general quality of
life. Your doctor can diagnose underlying issues and help alleviate your
Diagnosing the Cause of Frequent Urination
are many causes of frequent urination. Reasons can be as simple as the
food and beverages you consume, or a urinary tract infection. It can
also be a first indication that you have diabetes, or an enlarged
prostate or a prostate infection if you are a man, or vaginitis (vaginal
infection) or even of pregnancy if you are a woman.
One of the
most common complaints of a urological conditions such as overactive
bladder syndrome and interstitial cystitis (inflammation of the bladder
wall) is frequent urination. Less commonly, frequent urination may
indicate a more serious issue such as stroke, brain or nervous system
dysfunction, tumor growth in the pelvis, or even bladder cancer.
Your doctor can help diagnose underlying issues beginning with an office visit.
Medical History and Physical Exam:
Your doctor will take a thorough medical history and perform a physical
exam. Urine samples may be collected to perform a urinalysis (a
complete analysis of your urine) or a urine culture (to see if there are
any unusual microbes present in your urine).
Voiding Diary: Keeping a diary of the times and amount you urinate per day can be helpful information to bring to your doctor when you visit.
Your doctor may order a cystoscopy which uses a cystoscope (a thin,
lighted instrument with a camera) to get a better view of your urinary
tract. The cystoscope is threaded through the urethra and into the
bladder to give your doctor a clear view of your urethra and bladder.
This test uses catheters to gauge abdominal pressure in the abdomen
during urination. This test helps your doctor determine if you are
having problems with urgency, bladder capacity, and with bladder
pressure during filling and emptying of your bladder.
Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound:
Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure which uses sound waves to give
your doctor a picture of your internal organs. Your skin will be
lubricated with a clear conducting gel, and a transducer (a tool which
emits sound waves) will be placed on your skin. An abdominal or pelvic
ultrasound will give your doctor information which can be used to
diagnose frequent urination.
Sometimes frequent urination can be caused by conditions which effect
the nerves or can identify neurological problems, especially in cases
where urinary urgency is displayed. Your doctor will do some tests to
see if you are having sensory issues or displaying delays in your
Contact your doctor immediately if your frequent
urination is accompanied by fever, chills, vomiting, or back or side
pain. Blood in your urine, sudden weight loss, or a dramatic increase in
thirst or appetite are also issues you should bring to your doctor’s
Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing
urinary frequency to determine the underlying cause and to alleviate