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Frequent urination



What is wrong when you have frequent urination?


Frequent urination can be caused by a number of things. It may simply mean you are making more urine, which would be the case if you were drinking more water or developing diabetes. It may mean that there is an irritation in your bladder, which would be the case if you had a urinary tract infection. It could be the result of being unable to empty your bladder, which would happen if your prostate were enlarged. Or it could be the result of having something press on your bladder, which is the reason pregnant women urinate frequently.

Since frequent urination can be caused by so many things, it is important to be examined by your own physician if this persists.

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati