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How can frequent urination be a problem?

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Often, frequent urination is not a symptom of a problem, but is the problem. In people with overactive bladder syndrome, involuntary bladder contractions lead to frequent and often urgent urination, meaning you have to get to a bathroom right now -- even if your bladder is not full. It may also lead you to wake up once or more during the night to use the bathroom.

SOURCES:

International Painful Bladder Foundation: "The Urinary Tract and How It Works."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Frequent or Urgent Urination."

American Diabetes Association: "Dropping Insulin to Drop Pounds."

March of Dimes: "Changes During Pregnancy"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome."

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority: "After a Stroke, Managing Your Bladder."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Frequent or Urgent Urination."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Urinalysis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Cystometry."

WebMD Information and Resources: "Cystoscopy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Neurological Diagnostic Tests and Procedures."

The American Heritage Medical Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

National Center of Biotechnology Information: "Comparing Drugs for Overactive Bladder Syndrome."

National Association for Continence: "Overactive Bladder Syndrome."

News release, FDA.

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

International Painful Bladder Foundation: "The Urinary Tract and How It Works."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Frequent or Urgent Urination."

American Diabetes Association: "Dropping Insulin to Drop Pounds."

March of Dimes: "Changes During Pregnancy"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome."

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority: "After a Stroke, Managing Your Bladder."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Frequent or Urgent Urination."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Urinalysis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Cystometry."

WebMD Information and Resources: "Cystoscopy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Neurological Diagnostic Tests and Procedures."

The American Heritage Medical Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

National Center of Biotechnology Information: "Comparing Drugs for Overactive Bladder Syndrome."

National Association for Continence: "Overactive Bladder Syndrome."

News release, FDA.

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

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