If you have to urinate every two hours or less, you may want to make an appointment with a gynecologist to find out what is causing you to suffer from frequent urination. Frequent urination is not a normal condition; however, it is quite common, especially after pregnancy Here are three things you should realize about this health issue.
It could be a symptom of a urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common cause of frequent urination; however, if you have suffered from frequent urination problems for months or years, it probably is not a symptom of a UTI.
UTIs occur when bacteria enters the body through the urethra. When this happens, it leads to an infection, and frequent urination is just one of the symptoms of UTIs. Other symptoms can include pain during urination and trouble urinating. The main treatment for UTIs is antibiotics.
It could be caused by a different health issue
If you do not have a UTI, your frequent urination issue might be a result of a different health problem, such as diabetes or cancer. Frequent urination can also be a result of a pelvic floor prolapse. Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that holds up your uterus, bladder, and other internal organs. As the muscles wear out, your internal organs can begin to drop, and this is a common reason older women have problems with frequent urination.
Tips to help with this problem
The first thing you should do is visit a gynecologist to determine the cause of the problem. This will allow you to get the right treatment for the problem. If your problem is caused by a pelvic floor prolapse, your doctor may suggest performing Kegel exercises daily to strengthen the muscles. If your doctor cannot find a cause for the problem, he or she might suggest:
- Drinking more water – Dehydration can actually cause you to urinate more frequently than usual, and drinking more water might even this out.
- Avoiding caffeine – Caffeine stimulates the bladder. Eliminating this from your diet can often help solve this issue.
- Taking probiotics – Probiotics even out the good and bad bacteria in your body, and this can often provide relief too.
Finding out the cause of your frequent urination problems can help you find the right solution. If you would like to learn more about this issue, make an appointment with a gynecologist at All Women's Healthcare today.