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Increased Urination Overview

Another name for Increased Urination is Urinary Frequency.

What is urinary frequency?
A person with urinary frequency urinates more often than usual. Depending on fluid intake, most people urinate every 4 to 6 hours. Causes of urinary frequency in men include prostate enlargement, prostate cancer, and prostatitis. Causes of urinary frequency in women include urinary tract infections, uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, and urethral syndrome. Urinary frequency is very common in women.

What are the symptoms of urinary frequency?
Symptoms that occur with urinary frequency may include a sensation of bladder fullness, increased urge to urinate, urinary incontinence, pain during urination, blood in the urine, lower abdominal pain, low back pain, or flank pain.

How does the doctor treat urinary frequency?
The treatment for urinary frequency depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for urinary frequency may include medications that relax the bladder, or antibiotics for those who have a urinary tract infection.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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