Frequent urination is best described as having to urinate so often that your activities of daily life and sleep are adversely affected. This problem is not an illness itself but rather a symptom of a wide variety of conditions, some from diseases, and others from external factors. The urinary tract--the kidneys, bladder and drainage system--can be afflicted by infections at any site, which causea frequent urination as the urinary organs react to the infection. Bladder infections and those of the prostate are the most common urinary tract infections causing frequent urination, but infections of the kidneys may also result in this symptom. Treatment of the infections with appropriate antibiotics will usually cure the infection and stop the frequent voiding. Obstruction of the outflow of urine from the bladder is another cause of frequent urination. An enlarged prostate in men and scars in the urine tube draining the bladder impede the bladder’s ability...
Ovarian mass; Adnexal mass
There are many causes for growths on the ovary. Your age and medical history are important in evaluating an ovarian growth.
Prior to menopause, the ovary forms a fluid filled sac (ovarian cyst) every month as a normal part of the process of releasing an egg. There are other reasons the ovary can form a cyst;most of these are not worrisome. If a cyst is large (over 5 centimeters), or doesn't go away after a few months, then you may need to have it further evaluated or removed. See ovarian cysts .
All ovarian growths that are not simple fluid filled sacs --they are complex or solid -- should be investigated by your doctor regardless of age.
I distinctly recall the advice, twenty-five years ago, of my own OBGYN when searching for a pediatrician as a first-time mother: find someone who listens to your child's symptoms and who can diagnose a problem quickly and accurately from your input. There's nowhere this recommendation is more relevant than in the case of women's health and ovarian cancer. Clearly, one of the most valuable functions a trained health professional performs is that of diagnostician. Because there is no single, accurate test for ovarian cancer, the most effective way women can protect themselves from the mortality risks of the disease is to know the risk factors, signs and symptoms.
Don't be lulled into thinking, as many women do, that there are no symptoms to identify. According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund , the most common symptoms are:
A sense of bloating, with vague but persistent and un...
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