Urgent urination; Urinary frequency or urgency
Follow the therapy recommended by your doctor to treat the underlying cause of your urinary frequency or urgency. It may help to keep a diary of times and amounts of urine voided to bring with you to the doctor.
In some cases, you may experience some urinary incontinence for a period of time. You may need to take steps to protect your clothing and bedding.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor right away if:
- You have fever, back or side pain, vomiting, or shaking chills
- You have increased thirst or appetite, fatigue, or sudden weight loss
Also call your doctor if:
- You have urinary frequency or urgency, but you are not pregnant and you are not drinking excessive amounts of fluid
- You have incontinence or have altered your lifestyle because of your symptoms
- You have bloody or cloudy urine
- There is a discharge from the penis or vagina
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. Medical history questions may include:
- When did the increased urinary frequency start?
- How many times each day are you urinating?
- Is there more frequent urination during the day or at night?
- Do you have an increased amount of urine?
- Has there been a change in the color of your urine? Does it appear lighter, darker, or more cloudy than usual? Have you noticed any blood?
- Do you have
pain when urinating, or a burning sensation?
- Do you have other symptoms?
Increased thirst? Pain in your abdomen? Pain in your back? Fever?
- Do you have difficulty starting the flow of urine?
- Are you drinking more fluids than usual?
- Have you had a recent
- Are you pregnant?
- What medications are you taking?
- Have you had any previous urinary problems?
- Have you recently changed your diet?
- Do you drink beverages containing alcohol or caffeine?
Tests that may be done include:
Urine cultureand sensitivity tests
- Cystometry (a measurement of the pressure within the bladder)
- Neurological tests (for some urgency problems)
- Ultrasonography (such as an
abdominal ultrasoundor a pelvic ultrasound)
Treatment is determined by the cause of the urgency and frequency. Antibiotics and medicine may be prescribed to lessen the discomfort, if needed.
Review Date: 06/17/2010
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.