Frequent Urination Q & A
What is frequent urination?
Frequent urination is a broad term for conditions that cause you to urinate more often than you usually do. Even though frequent urination is common in adults of all ages, it can disrupt your life and make it challenging to maintain a normal routine. The need to urinate is often urgent, making you feel like your bladder is always full. In many cases, frequent urination can cause you to lose control of your bladder.
What causes frequent urination?
Frequent urination typically develops as the result of an underlying condition, such as:
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
A UTI is an infection that occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and bladder through the vagina. It can cause frequent, uncomfortable, or painful urination.
Overactive bladder (OAB)
Frequent urination is a telltale sign of an overactive bladder. Some of the most common reasons OAB occurs are injuries, obesity, weakened pelvic floor muscles, and diabetes.
Bladder stones are hardened crystals of urine in your bladder that make it difficult to control your urge to urinate.
How do urologists diagnose frequent urination?
Comprehensive Urology has a team of highly experienced physicians and staff that have the most advanced diagnostic capabilities available, including:
- High-resolution ultrasonography
- UroCuff testing
- Video cystoscopy
- Urodynamic testing
How the team diagnoses frequent urination depends on your symptoms. After reviewing your medical history, evaluating your symptoms, and implementing their advanced diagnostic technology, the team can determine what is causing your frequent urination.
How do urologists treat frequent urination?
Dr. Michel and the team at Comprehensive Urology use a multifaceted approach to frequent urination treatment. In addition to medication, they offer many cutting-edge therapies, including:
Pelvic floor therapy
Pelvic floor therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses the pelvic floor muscles’ internal manipulations to tighten and strengthen your pelvic floor.
Biofeedback therapy relies on strategically placed electrodes to gather vital information about your pelvic floor function.
Peripheral tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)
PTNS stimulates the nerves from the sacral plexus to the tibial nerve to better control your bladder.
Thermiva uses radiofrequency energy to rebuild your body’s natural collagen production and tighten your pelvic floor muscles.
Minimally invasive techniques
Minimally invasive techniques, such as Botox® and InterStim therapy, can help target the nerves and muscles responsible for bladder control.
If noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques aren’t enough to reduce your frequent urge to urinate, Comprehensive Urology offers several surgical options to treat urinary frequency in both men and women.
There are many highly effective medications that can also treat overactive bladders. The physicians at Comprehensive Urology will determine if medications will be necessary, but most often prefer to use alternative treatment options to allow the body to naturally resolve its overactivity and to minimize patient’s need for long term use of medications.
Call Comprehensive Urology or book an appointment online today to learn more.