It’s completely normal to go to the bathroom several times a day. But if you’re urinating more than you usually do, it’s time to get checked out. After all, you have more important things to do than run to the bathroom all day. The expert urologists at Urology Associates Medical Group in Burbank, California, can get you diagnosed and treated right away.
You might be urinating more than normal because you’ve been drinking a lot of fluids. But if you know that’s not the case and for some reason, you’re just spending a lot of time in the bathroom, it’s time to get checked out.
Frequent urination can be caused by:
During a discussion with your urologist, he or she will find out how often you go to the bathroom. Ideally, you’ll keep a log for at least a couple days before your appointment, so you can show how often, and when, you go.
Most men and women urinate 4-8 times per day. If you urinate more than eight times per day, or if the urge to go wakes you up several times throughout the night, you likely have frequent urination problems that require treatment.
The treatment needed to help you with frequent urination depends on what is causing it. Your urologist will start by treating the underlying condition.
Some lifestyle changes that can improve problems with frequent urination are:
* Losing weight
* Avoiding caffeine
* Decreasing alcohol intake
* Avoiding spicy foods
Medical treatments for chronic and acute conditions are often necessary.
If you have diabetes, your practitioner can work with you to better manage your insulin and blood sugar levels.
If you have a urinary tract infection, your practitioner will treat you with antibiotics.
Your care provider at Urology Associates Medical group can teach you how to retrain your bladder by gradually increasing the intervals between bathroom trips. Bladder retraining takes about 12 weeks, but the end goal is to teach your bladder to hold more urine.
Many men and women also benefit from Kegel exercises, which work to strengthen your pelvic floor.
You might even need to monitor your fluid intake: If you’re drinking so much that your urine is always clear, you might need to decrease the amount of fluids you consume.
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