Frequent Urination

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Excessive urination, or urinary frequency, can be divided into subcategories. The first would be related to an increase in total volume of urine produces (also known as polyuria). Second, there can be dysfunction in voiding whereby there are problems with the storage and emptying of urine. Finally, there may be urinary incontinence in which there is involuntary loss of urine.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Blood In Urine, Painful Urination, and/or Cloudy Urine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2009

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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Other Causes of Frequent Urination

Increased Urinary Volume:

Voiding Dysfunction:

Urinary Incontinence: IN WOMEN

  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Overactive Bladder (also called Urge Incontinence, which can be result from infection, Cystitis, Bladder Tumors, or Neurogenic Bladder)
  • Psychological factors
  • Stress Incontinence (which may be related to pregnancy, estrogen deficiency or pelvic surgery)

Urinary Incontinence: IN MEN

  • Damage form prostate surgery
  • Infections
  • Neurogenic Bladders
  • Prostate Hypertrophy

Urinary Incontinence: IN ELDERLY

Medications (both Prescription and Non-prescription)

Examples of Medications for Frequent Urination



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