Urinating frequently? Find out why.

Urinating is normal for every human being. In fact, not urinating is an urgent call for worry. In early stages of life for every individual, the bladder may not be strong enough to control the flow of urine, but as growth occurs, so does the bladder.

What happens if one is still unable to control urine flow as a grown up? It is rather unfortunate that people struggle with controlling their urine flow, resulting in frequent bed wetting.

Frequent urination can be a symptom of different problems from kidney disease to simply drinking too much fluid. When frequent urination is accompanied by fever, or the urgent need to urinate and pain or discomfort in the abdomen, one is said to have a urinary tract infection.

Issues with frequent urinating is not just limited to the aforementioned, but can also be due to the following factors;

• Pregnancy

From the early weeks of pregnancy the growing uterus places pressure on the bladder causing frequent urination.

• Diabetes

Frequent urination with an abnormally large amount of urine is often an early symptom of both type 1 and 2 diabetes as the body tries to rid itself of unused glucose through the urine.

• Prostate problems

An enlarged prostate can press against the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) and block the flow of urine. This cause the bladder wall to become irritable. The bladder begins to contract even when it contains small amount of urine, causing more frequent urination.

• Diuretic use

These medications used to treat high blood pressure cause frequent urination.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the underlying cause.

For a diagnosis of diabetes, treatment will aim to keep blood sugar levels under control.

If it is a bacterial kidney infection, the typical cause of treatment is antibiotic and pain killer therapy.

Other treatment may include:

• Kegel exercises

Regular daily exercises often done around pregnancy can strengthen the muscles of the pelvis and urethra and support the bladder.


• Bladder training

This involves training the bladder to hold urine longer. Training usually lasts two to three (2-3) months.


• Monitoring fluid intake.

Sometimes, frequently urinating presents no call for worry. However, see a doctor as soon as you notice any of these symptoms;
Discolored or bloody urine, loss of bladder control, pain when passing urine, developing a fever.

It may also be helpful to record fluid intake days prior to appointment with the doctor. This may be effective in helping the doctor when diagnosing and determining the best treatment.

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