Urinary Frequency or Urgency

Urinary Frequency or Urgency

Frequent urination describes the need to urinate more often than you usually do. Although there is no clear definition of “frequent”, you may have frequent urination issues if the need to urinate creates challenges in your life or a fear of being too far from a restroom.

Urgent urination describes an overwhelming need to get to a restroom immediately. It may be accompanied by pain or discomfort in the bladder or urinary tract. You may have urgent urination issues if you sometimes can’t make it to the bathroom in time or if the urge to urinate comes on very suddenly.

These two issues often occur together; meaning you feel the need to urinate often and the urge comes on suddenly.

There are many different causes for frequent or urgent urination; however, the most common cause is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Other causes include:

  • Drinking too much liquid
  • Caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy (especially in third trimester, when there is pressure on the bladder)
  • Prostate issues (enlargement or infection)
  • Anxiety
  • Diuretics
  • Interstitial cystitis (chronic infection in the bladder)
  • Overactive bladder or other urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal infection

Less common causes of frequent or urgent urination include:

  • Stroke (or other nervous system disorders)
  • Tumor
  • Bladder cancer
  • Radiation therapy to the pelvic area
  • Damage or injury to the urinary tract
  • Diverticulitis

Frequent and/or urgent urination can simply be a habit for some people; i.e. they have trained their bladder to feel the need to empty before it is necessary. It’s very possible that, in the absence of other symptoms, it could be normal for you. However, in most cases, frequent or urgent urination signals an underlying health condition, which should be evaluated by a urologic professional.

Indications of an underlying health condition associated with frequent or urgent urination include:

  • Urinary problems that are affecting your lifestyle
  • Blood in your urine
  • Unusually cloudy or smelly urine
  • Fever, chills, or fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in your abdomen or sides
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Increased appetite and/or thirst
  • A discharge from the penis or vagina

The board certified physician/surgeons at the Urology Group of Princeton are highly trained to evaluate your symptoms, perform applicable tests, and develop the proper treatment plan for frequent and urgent urination. If you have any concerns, or experience any of the associated symptoms listed above, contact the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment.

The treatment plan for frequent or urgent urination is largely dependent on the underlying cause; antibiotics can help treat infections, and lifestyle changes, such as monitoring liquid consumption or adjusting medications, may also help.

Call the Urology Group of Princeton today, at 609.924.6487, to arrange for a consultation.