Treat Frequent Urination in Women

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Do you often feel urinary urgency? Does it feel like you have to go right there and now at the most inconvenient times?

One example would be when you are seated in the front row in an important board meeting and you feel the need to make a quick dash to the ladies room. There are a number of things which are generally regarded as taboo, and not appropriate to be openly discussed by women. Urinary urgency seems to be among those subjects.

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That persistent, somewhat uncontrollable, and urgent need to urinate becomes a nuisance and interrupts your day-to-day life. It can affect your career, relationships, and social life over the long haul.

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On the average, most normal males and females pass urine every three to four hours, which is roughly six to seven bathroom visits daily. That is tantamount to urine production of at least one to two liters each day. However, if you go way beyond the normal stated range or have the frequent need to go and less bladder control, then these may well be regarded as a distress call of an underlying medical condition that warrants urgent medical attention.

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A Deeper Look at Urination

Urination works right on cue for most of us. This is how the body clock works for regular and healthy people. Still, no matter how familiar the process is (as you do it every few hours or so), many people cannot entirely comprehend how this daily activity intrinsically works to the body's advantage.

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    What is Urination?
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    Urination is the vital and complex process of excreting urine from the body, which involves the renal system - more commonly referred to as the urinary system - which is composed of the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. In entirety, the urinary system performs in sync with all the other major organ systems of the body, such as the excretory system, the "epidermis" or "skin", respiratory system or "lungs", digestive system or the "intestines", varied hormones of the endocrine system, central nervous system (which provides voluntary and involuntary control), and the cardiovascular system and blood pressure, which play a major role in urination.
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    What are the Vital Functions of Urination?
    The key functions of urination basically work around production, storage, and eradication of urine from the body, which is beneficial in maintaining the overall balance of water and chemicals in the body, as well as for proper elimination of waste. Aside from that, there are more functions in line with the urinary system which are as follows:
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    1. Regulates blood pressure and volume. The kidney is an essential player in the maintenance of regular blood circulation and volume. This is strongly depicted, especially in emergency medical situations such as obtaining a traumatic injury, as it helps regulate blood pressure levels and control too much loss of blood or body fluids, which could be fatal.
    2. Maintains a healthy balance of electrolytes in the body. This is essential to keep the body well-hydrated and to ascertain that blood pH levels are in tune.
    3. Controls the body pH levels. A healthy acid-base homeostatic range would be around 7.38 to 7.42.
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What is Considered Normal Urine?

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Recent studies show that there around 3,000 or more chemical compounds found in human urine, which are primarily a composite of varied elements such as water, salt compounds, proteins, metabolites found innately in the body, lifestyle or environmental factors, diet, and produced by dreaded bacteria.

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Urine is basically considered a waste product which flushes out the toxins and excess water from the body. Many facets about the urine – its color, volume, consistency, and odor – actually reveal a lot about your health condition, such as potential diseases you might have, food and beverages you consume, cosmetics used, or if you indulge in certain vices such as tobacco smoking, illegal drugs, or habitual drinking.

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  • Normal urine should be clear and somewhat pale yellow in appearance. A dark yellow color of urine would mean that a person lacks proper hydration. Hematuria or "blood in the urine" could be a red flag for some diseases or possible infection in the body, which is something that every individual should take heed of.
  • The odor varies depending on the dietary consumption. The presence of ammonia could indicate issues.
  • Average normal urine output or volume for a regular adult is one to two liters per day. A healthy individual's urine volume could vary as it is affected by different factors such as age, certain diseases, diet, and other environmental or lifestyle choices, but should always run around the standard range, as stated above.

Tell-Tale Signs and Symptoms of Frequent Urination in Women

Many women choose to keep mum on the subject of frequent urination, but should not be afraid to speak up despite the social stigma linked with this medical condition. It is important to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms associated with frequent urination in women in order to catch diseases at an early stage. Here are the top signs and symptoms of frequent urination experienced by women:

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    Dysuria - This refers to pain, burning or stinging sensation, and bladder discomfort experienced in the process of expelling urine.
    The pain can be felt either internally or externally on the vaginal region, which could be felt before, during, and/or after urination. According to experts, this particular symptom is more commonly observed in women than in men, due mainly to the fact that it is also associated with urinary tract infections that are more prevalent in women. There are many urinary tract diseases connected to painful urination, which include sexually transmitted infections (STI), vaginal or urethral inflammation, vaginal infections, or bladder tumor formations. Certain medications can also trigger related allergic reactions that cause painful urination.
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    Hematuria - A minute amount of blood present in the urine is enough to make it appear pink, brownish-red, or red, which is referred to as "gross hematuria".
    The other type, microscopic hematuria, is only visible with the aid of a microscope. Pain can sometimes be felt on the affected area, together with blood in the urine, depending on the severity of condition. A whole range of factors and illnesses can trigger this medical condition, including hemophilia, menstruation, bladder or kidney cancer, strenuous sexual activities, trauma, and bladder, urethra, or kidney infections, among others.
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    Polyuria – This is exhibited in frequent bathroom visits or increased urination, day and night, with a corresponding increase in urine output which typically exceeds three liters in contrast to the normal one to two liter range.
    Nocturnal polyuria refers to having to wake up more than two times a night just to urinate, which in turn causes frequent sleep disturbances that render an individual ineffective during the day. This condition is also known as "diuresis" and is said to be caused by multitude of factors such as diabetes mellitus, pyelonephritis, use of diuretics and other drugs, too much consumption of alcoholic beverages, caffeine, or increased water or fluid intake, to name a few.
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    Stinky Urine - Normal urine has a somewhat unpleasant smell, but if the odor worsens, becomes disorienting, and appears cloudy, it is a signal that something could be wrong.
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    Bladder Pain - The person feels the urgency to pass urine, but can only eliminate a few drops.
    Together with the frequent passing of urine is the throbbing or burning pain felt mostly in the lower abdomen, lower back, and the sides. Some common diseases associated with these symptoms would be bladder cancer and urinary tract infection (UTI).
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    Polydipsia - This refers to an overt increase in thirst, manifested all throughout the day or night.
    The increased volume of fluid intake readily affects the urine volume and frequency. Also, this condition is most often associated with polyuria and diabetes mellitus.
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    1. Nausea
    2. Fatigue
    3. Vomiting
    4. Fever
    5. Sudden Weight Loss
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Common Causes and Risk Factors of Frequent Urination in Women

What sets off the frequent urge to urinate, especially in women? Eliminating urine on a regular basis is unarguably healthy, as you get rid of toxins in your body, but excessive urination that worsens over time to the point of disrupting your work, family, and social life should make you think twice and make the necessary adjustments with your diet and lifestyle habits today.

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    Drinking too much water.
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    Water is definitely vital to proper hydration to build up and restore cellular functions in the body
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    It is important to consume water all throughout the day. On the other hand, drinking too much water, or any liquid for that matter, beyond the acceptable range of eight glasses a day could be harmful as well. Excess water will tip off the brain to produce anti-diuretics which kick off the kidney to produce more urine in order to eliminate the excess water stored in the body. Consuming too much water has also reportedly led to critical cases of convulsion due to inflammation of the brain, kidney failure, cardiac anomalies, and swelling of extremities or edema.
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    Pregnancy.
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    Having a baby definitely beats all other hallmarks in a woman's life
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    Having to urinate frequently during daytime or nighttime is common during pregnancy. This is attributed to raging hormones brought about by pregnancy and the pressure buildup that the growing baby mounts on your bladder. This is noticeable during the first and third trimesters. Other symptoms, such as pain while passing urine, could be a sign of urinary tract infection (UTI) which is also most common during pregnancy.
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    Vaginal yeast infection.
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    There are lots factors that can cause yeast infections in women, including stress, pregnancy, lack of sleep, or antibiotics
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    This is also referred to as "Candida yeast infection", which most women will likely have at some point in their lives. It is characterized with a somewhat clumpy and cheese-like discharge, itching or burning sensation on the affected region, pain experienced during coitus, and painful urination.
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    Too much caffeine and alcohol intake.
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    Caffeinated, carbonated, and alcoholic beverages are loaded with artificial sweeteners are great stimulants
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    However, too much of any of these could endanger health, as they also act as anti-diuretics that trigger the kidneys to produce more urine than usual, thus causing those frequent rushes to the bathroom.
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    Diabetes Mellitus.
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    One of the most common symptoms found in both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients is urinary frequency
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    The constant need to urinate is primarily caused by the damaged nerves in the bladder region and ingestion of too much blood sugar which needs to be flushed out from the body in the form of urine.
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    Diuretics.
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    The use of medicines or diuretics are common in treatment of hypertension and some other diseases
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    These can also cause frequent passage of urine. Diuretics cause fluid buildup in the kidneys which are then subsequently expelled from the body through urination.
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Treatment Options

Beating sickness would mean looking for clues and targeting the symptoms firsthand. Treatment options for frequent urination in women, the remedies vary, depending on the medical conditions or subjective factors that could have triggered urinary frequency in the first place. Knowing the risk factors and causes will trim down your treatment options to the most effective and proven ones. It is always best to seek the expert advice of a medical practitioner or urologist to be able to make an accurate diagnosis and help you get the right treatment for your medical condition.

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    Moderation of Water Intake.
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    It is generally recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water each day to avoid too much urine concentration and constipation
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    You should also count other fluids you consume and keep everything well-regulated. Also, it would be wise to avoid drinking too much fluid before retiring to bed, as this is what commonly causes nocturnal polyuria or waking up frequently at night just to pass urine.
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    Bladder Reconditioning.
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    This involves trying to retrain the bladder into controlling urination at recommended much wider intervals for at least three months
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    Consequently, this helps the condition and enables the bladder to hold the urine a much longer time until able to urinate at regular times.
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    Diet and Lifestyle Modification.
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    Try to decrease or eliminate certain harmful food and beverage choices on your diet menu, such as too much coffee, liquor and/or carbonated drinks, especially if you are pregnant or suffering from diabetes or hypertension
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    Also, clear your platter of spicy cuisines, artificial sweeteners, oily foods, and the like, which are dangerous especially in generous amounts. Stick to fresh and fiber-rich foods such as vegetables and fruits.
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    Do Kegel Exercises.
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    Many pregnant women find it beneficial to do Kegel exercises for at least five minutes a day, which involves strengthening the pelvic floor muscles
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    You basically have to tighten and then relax the pelvic floor muscles at an interval of 10 seconds each. This is said to be a great preparation for labor and delivery.
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    Biofeedback Therapy.
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    Taking charge of your bodily functions is possible with this therapy, which is popularly used for quite a number of known medical conditions such as hypertension, chronic headaches, incontinence, or frequent urination which are linked to stress
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    The treatment involves attaching electrodes to the skin and monitoring pulse, heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure, among others. The session involves varied relaxation and meditation techniques which last for around 30 minutes per session. Changes in the patient's condition could be evident in just 10 sessions, or even less, depending on the medical circumstances at hand.
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See the Urologist

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Health should not be a guessing game or based merely on trial-and-error. Frequent urination in women is as complex as it seems, and there is no way to get around it but to go see a medical expert, like a urologist. In order to come up with an accurate diagnosis of the patient's condition, series of tests and evaluations are routinely performed. The doctor will have to get a grasp of the patient's medical history and medications taken. Standard tests such as urinalysis, imaging, urodynamic, and neurological examinations ought to be performed using the most sophisticated range of equipment to determine the patient's bladder capacity and progress of the urinary dysfunction, as well as other associated illnesses. If, by any slim chance, you believe that you could be suffering from frequent urination, do not leave health to chance or blind research, and get qualified expert treatment options for frequent urination from a trusted physician. Make that appointment and take charge of your life today.

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Questions and Answers

Why does frequent urination often begin after child birth?

It may be because of the involuntarily flow of urine during pregnancy simply continues and is not yet cured after giving birth to a child. It is also because giving birth to a child makes a woman's pelvic floor muscles weaker. This will also cause of malfunction of bladder. Frequent urination in women during pregnancy can also be the result of a very active or overactive bladder. Being pregnant and giving birth to a child can also damage the nerves that control and stimulate the bladder. Anyone having that condition will need to release urine more than normal because her bladder cannot control the spasms. This can be proved through the fact that the bladder and urethra have moved from where they were before you got pregnant. The muscle that surrounds in the urethra will also be affected. This is the location of a tube through which the urine flows from the bladder. This can cause an episiotomy, which is a cut in the pelvic floor muscle that is made during delivery of a baby that allows the fetus to come out more easily.

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While pregnant and even after, your body is recovering from all your organs being moved because of the baby. Often times excess urination is due to your body having not fully recovered and it in turn can't hold as much urine before having to go.

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Does frequent urination in women get better by itself over time?

No, this can mean a number of things and you will need to visit a trained medical professional for this can be the start of an "overactive bladder disease" or "Bladder Infection" these will need to be treated as soon as possible as to not have this issue become a long termed issue.

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