You probably don’t think much about urination when you only pee a few times a day. But when urination becomes a frequent activity, it preys on your mind and body.
Urination is the main way your body removes waste fluids. Urine contains uric acid, urea, toxins, and water, which your kidneys filter and your bladder stores until you feel the urge to void.
How many times you should urinate each day varies from person to person. Normal is what’s normal for you, but most people typically go 6-7 times within 24 hours.
If you need to urinate more than seven times a day or go two or more times each night, you could have urinary frequency. Some people call the condition an overactive bladder (OAB).
About 30% of men and 40% of women in the United States live with overactive bladder.
At Viva Health Group, our board-certified OB/GYN, Aleksander Bodnar, MD, can diagnose and treat frequent urination. Here’s what Dr. Bodnar wants you to know about frequent urination and how he can provide relief.
What causes frequent urination?
Frequent urination, called polyuria, is different from urinary incontinence when you involuntarily leak urine.
Polyuria often occurs when you drink large volumes of fluids high in caffeine or alcohol, or when you have problems within your urinary tract or other parts of your body. Many women and children urinate frequently when they have urinary tract infections (UTIs). In men over 50, prostate disease is often to blame.
Other causes of frequent urination include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Kidney or bladder stones
- Bladder infection, irritation, disease, or injury
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Interstitial cystitis
- Urinary incontinence
- Narrowing of the urethra (urethral stricture)
- Bladder cancer
- A tumor or mass in your pelvic area
- Conditions that affect your brain or nervous system, like stroke
- Certain medications, foods, or beverages that increase urine production
- Some cancer treatments
How you can control frequent urination
Frequent urination isn’t normal, especially if your bladder habits suddenly change. The first step toward managing your symptoms requires identifying the cause of urinary frequency.
During your appointment, we perform a comprehensive physical exam, discuss your symptoms, and review your medical history. Dr. Bodnar might recommend additional testing, like urine analysis, STD testing, ultrasound or CT scans, and neurological tests for nerve problems.
When we know what’s causing your frequent urination, we recommend a variety of treatments that might include:
- Limiting fluids before bedtime
- Reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption
- Managing stress
- Taking anti-inflammatories
- Trying Botox® injections to relax bladder muscles
- Implanting an InterStim™ device to help improve bladder control
If bladder problems are wrecking your life and sleep, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Bodnar by calling or using our online booking tool. We have two locations, in Linden and Clifton, New Jersey.