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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...
Alternative Names Physiologic ovarian cysts; Functional ovarian cysts; Corpus luteum cysts; Follicular cysts Prevention If you are not trying to get pregnant and you often get functional cysts, you can prevent them by taking hormone medications (such as birth control pills), which prevent follicles from growing. References Katz VL. Benign gynecologic lesions: Vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, oviduct, ovary. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 18.
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:
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