URINARY FREQUENCY AND ITS CAUSES

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URINARY FREQUENCY AND ITS CAUSES

Urination is the way the body gets rid of waste fluids. Urine contains water, uric acid, urea, and toxins and waste filtered from within the body. Urinary frequency is when a person needs to use the bathroom more often than usual. Frequent urination is strongly associated with frequent incidents of urinary urgency, which is the sudden need to urinate. The normal number of times to urinate in a day varies according to the age of the person. Among young children, urinating 8 to 14 times each day is typical. This decreases to 6 to 12 times per day for older children, and to four to six times per day among teenagers.

CAUSES OF URINARY FREQUENCY

The most common cause of urinary frequency for women and children is a urinary tract infection. The most common cause of urinary frequency in older men is an enlarged prostate and or in older men and women, diabetes mellitus.

Generally, the most common cause of urinary frequency includes the following:

  • Urinary tract infection(UTI)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Urethral inflammation/infection
  • Vaginal inflammation/infection
  • Inflammation of the urinary bladder
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Drinking a lot of fluids, especially if they contain caffeine or alcohol
  • Bladder cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes insipidus

Other related factors that could cause urinary frequency include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Diuretics, such as chlorothiazide, that make you urinate fluid from your body
  • Food and drinks that act as diuretics
  • Tumor or mass in the pelvic area
  • Overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome, which causes involuntary bladder contractions that lead one to feel a sudden urge to have to urinate
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urethral stricture
  • Radiation of the pelvis, such as during cancer treatment

 

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