Frequent Or Urgent Urination: Causes & Relief
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What causes urinary urgency? 25 possible conditions

Frequent urination describes the need to urinate more often than you usually do. There is no clear definition of frequent. However, you may have frequent urination issues if the need to urinate creates challenges in your life, or if you develop a fear of... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Urinary Tract Infection

The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, ureters (which connect the kidneys and the bladder), bladder, and urethra. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can occur in any part of the urinary tract. Most UTIs are caused b...

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2

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence. It occurs when you have a sudden urge to urinate. In urge incontinence, the bladder contracts when it should not, and may cause urine to leak past the sphincte...

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3

Benign Enlargement of Prostate

Benign enlargement of the prostate is a common condition in which your prostate gland swells beyond normal size.

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4

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are solid masses of crystalized calcium or other substances that originate in the kidneys but can pass through the urinary tract. The greatest risk factor is making less than one liter of urine per day.

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5

Menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process in women that marks the permanent end of menstruation and fertility. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness or pain, and frequent urination are signs.

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Bladder Stones: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good

Bladder stones are crystals that form when concentrated urine is left in the bladder after urination, often due to dehydration or being unable to empty the bladder totally. Symptoms include painful urination and others.

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7

Bladder Infection

A bladder infection is a bacterial infection. It also may be called a urinary tract infection (UTI), which refers to infection anywhere in the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra.

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Urethritis

Urethritis is an infection of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder and semen out of the body. Symptoms include burning while urinating, abdominal pain, and discharge.

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9

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes sudden urges to urinate. It can happen suddenly, at any time, regardless of the amount of urine in the bladder.

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10

Bladder Neck Obstruction

Find information on bladder neck obstruction symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder that can cause pelvic pain, frequent urination, and incontinence. Pain can be mild or severe.

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12

Cystitis

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. It's most often caused by a bacterial infection known as a urinary tract infection (UTI). It can become a serious health issue if the infection spreads to the kidney.

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13

Neurogenic Bladder

Your brain regulates urination, but sometimes the message that you need to urinate is not sent to your bladder. Read about causes and treatment options.

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14

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, a common condition in adult males. It is often caused by infection.

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15

Urethral Stricture

Usually the urethra is wide enough for urine to flow freely through it. When it narrows, it can restrict urinary flow. This is known as a urethral stricture.

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16

Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is an inflammation of the kidney and upper urinary tract. Symptoms include flushed skin, back pain, fever, and nausea.

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17

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer occurs in the tissues of the bladder, which is the organ that holds urine. Fatigue, weight loss, painful or frequent urination, and abdominal or back pain are symptoms.

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18

Hydronephrosis

Hydronephrosis is a condition that typically occurs when one kidney becomes swollen due to the failure of normal drainage of urine from the kidney to the bladder. This swelling most commonly affects only one kidney, bu...

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19

Autonomic Neuropathy

Damage to the nerves that help your organs to function can cause a condition called autonomic neuropathy (AN) and is associated with other conditions.

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20

Ovarian Cancer

The ovaries are small, almond-shaped organs located on either side of the uterus that produce eggs. As the disease progresses, symptoms include back pain and indigestion.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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