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What is frequent urination?

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Gotta go all the time? The technical name for your problem is frequent urination. In most people, the bladder can store urine until it's convenient to go to the toilet, typically four to eight times a day. Needing to go more than eight times a day or waking up in the night to go to the bathroom could mean you're drinking too much and/or too close to bedtime. It could also signal a health problem.

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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