When you don’t have to “go” frequently, the need to urinate probably isn’t something you give much thought to. But when frequent urination interrupts your daily life, it stays on your mind. You may wonder if you have to urinate more than “normal.”
Ultimately, everyone’s body is unique and so is the “right” number of times to urinate. After all, your body must always filter out waste fluids that contain substances like toxins, urea, uric acid, and water.
Still, most people urinate about 6-8 times each day. While drinking a lot of fluids, exercising frequently, and many other factors can also dramatically affect the number of times you urinate, if you’re going more than 10 times a day or over 2 times at night, you could have frequent urination.
At Urological Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia, our team of board-certified urologists offers expert diagnosis and treatment of frequent urination for patients in the Central Virginia region. If you struggle with the need to urinate frequently, keep reading to learn about causes and treatments.
Why do I have to urinate so frequently?
Frequent urination has many possible causes. Some of them, like pregnancy, are natural and nothing to worry about. But others may indicate a serious condition, making it essential to schedule an appointment with a specialist for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Some other causes of frequent urination include:
- Drinking large volumes of fluids
- Drinking caffeine or alcohol
- Structural issues with your urinary tract
- Having a urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Enlarged prostate or BPH
- Overactive bladder
- Anxiety disorders
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder infection, irritation, disease, or injury
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Interstitial cystitis
- Urinary incontinence
- Narrowing of the urethra (stricture)
- Bladder cancer
- A tumor or mass
- Prostate cancer
- Conditions that affect the brain or nervous system, like stroke
- Certain medications, foods, or beverages
- Some cancer treatments
Can anything treat my frequent urination?
It’s important to understand that frequent urination isn’t normal, especially when your bladder habits change suddenly. To ensure you get the right treatment, identifying the underlying cause of your condition comes first.
During your appointment at Urological Associates, we perform a comprehensive physical exam, discuss your symptoms, and review your medical history. Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend additional testing, like urinalysis, STD testing, imaging studies, or neurological tests.
Once we know the cause of your frequent urination, we recommend a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Some treatment modalities may include:
- Limiting fluids before bedtime
- Reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption
- Managing stress
- Losing weight
- Taking anti-inflammatories
- Botox® injections to relax bladder muscles
- InterStim® therapy to help improve bladder control
If prostate cancer is the cause of your frequent urination and you’re a good candidate, we may recommend brachytherapy. There are many other possible treatments depending on the root cause of your frequent urination. We’ll help determine your best options.
Don’t wait to get help if you have frequent urination. Early treatment typically is more effective. Contact our expert team at Urological Associates in Central Virginia by calling 434-295-0184 and scheduling an appointment today.