Bladder control is something you learn from a young age, but what happens when things shift and you feel the need to go all the time? You should first evaluate some basics, like, how much liquid you’re consuming and if that amount has changed. If it hasn’t, there may be other health issues taking place. Let’s take a look.
When to See a Doctor
If there is no direct cause for frequent urination and it’s disrupting your sleep patterns or daily routines, you should visit your doctor or OB/GYN. Here are some other instances when you should schedule an appointment:
- You find blood in your urine.
- Your urine is discolored (usually red or brown).
- It’s painful when you pee.
- You’re experiencing pain in your side or lower abdomen.
- You’re having difficulty urinating.
- You’re experiencing a frequent urge to urinate.
- You’re losing bladder control.
- You have a fever.
What it Means
There could be a wide variety of causes for your change in urination frequency. A lot of times, urination complications can be linked to ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer in women. Although these are extreme examples, you can never be too cautious about reporting these symptoms to your OB/GYN.
Other common medical issues that can cause frequent urination are:
- Diabetes: Type 1 and 2
- Kidney infection
- Overactive bladder
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
What to Do
Think of it this way, you and your best friend don’t pee the same number of times per day, so if you turn to family or friends for advice it can be hard to gauge when, and if, there is an actual medical problem. The best course of action is to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or your OB/GYN.
What Happens Next?
Most likely, your OB/GYN will administer a pelvic exam to rule out ovarian cysts or any possible cancerous tumors. They may run other tests, such as pregnancy or blood tests to identify if another medical issue is causing the frequent urination.
Don’t assume the annoyance will go away. If it’s a warning sign of a more complicated issue like ovarian cancer, the sooner your doctor finds it, the better your chances are of treating it early.