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For someone experiencing frequent urination, it can be difficult to determine if and when to talk with an OB/GYN, urologist, or urogynecologist.
Given the similarities that exist across different bladder conditions, it is understandable why many patients are confused about what is going on with their bodies. I want to empower readers to talk about bladder conditions with their doctors.
Here are the four most common questions about frequent urination that I hear in my practice:
Frequent urination is the urge to use the bathroom frequently throughout the day. With patients who are experiencing this, we discuss the full spectrum of symptoms they may be having, to uncover other health conditions that could be causing frequent urination.
While frequent urination may not always involve leakage, there are parallels between symptoms and causes of bladder leaks and frequent urination.
When a patient feels the need to urinate more often than usual, we dive deeper into discussing symptoms of frequent urination. This tendency can occur during the day, or at night – when a patient feels the urge to use the bathroom at night, the condition is called Nocturia.
The following are symptoms of frequent urination:
Frequent urination can also occur with other symptoms including increased thirst, pain with urination, feeling of not emptying the bladder completely, back pain, or bladder pressure.
The causes of frequent urination are typically attributed to the following factors:
Many of my patients who experience this condition want to know how to stop frequent urination. Once we identify the cause of the frequency, we can address those conditions either through lifestyle habits, such as avoiding foods or fluids that trigger the bladder, or through antibiotics in the case of a urinary tract infection.
If we confirm that a patient is experiencing an overactive bladder, I may recommend the following treatments:
If we identify that a patient should see their primary care doctor or a specialist for some of these conditions, those healthcare providers may try tests such as:
While experiencing and/or treating excessive urination, it can be helpful to stay prepared for leaks or urgencies. I like to recommend that my clients use Poise® Ultra Thin pads which are fast-absorbing so patients can stay comfortable in case of unwanted bladder leaks.
I’ve also heard some patients mention increased urination while on their monthly period. This might come from the feeling of being bloated or even from elevated progesterone levels that cause water retention in the body – hence, an increased urge to pee.
If you’re experiencing a period and frequent urination at the same time, luckily there’s a dual-use pad that you can use to stay dry for either type of leak. The One by Poise® pad absorbs both menstrual or bladder leaks and is an excellent way to stay fresh and protected.
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Author Summary: Dr. Staci Tanouye, MD, board-certified OB-GYN is a physician in a private practice and an expert in adolescent health, sexual health, reproductive health, and menopausal health. She has become one of the leading gynecologists on social media with the mission to educate women and all people with vulvas to love their bodies through knowledge and empowerment.
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