Eastside Medical Park Women's Group
OB-GYN & Urogynecologist located in Kirkland, WA
Dr. Kupferman is a double Board Certified Urogynecologist and Gynecology Physician who specializes in the treatment of frequent urination. At Eastside Medical Park Women's Group, she and her staff offer their services to patients living in the Eastside Washington area, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah and Mercer Island.
Frequent Urination Q & A
What is frequent urination?
Frequent urination is an inconvenient condition in which you have to relieve your bladder more frequently than normal. It affects all genders, but is more common among pregnant and middle-aged or older women, and is sometimes known as overactive bladder. When symptoms arise only at night, it’s called nocturia.
What causes frequent urination?
Frequent urination can occur on its own, as a primary condition known as overactive bladder syndrome, which is a common occurrence for many women. Some symptoms may be caused by an underlying condition, such as urinary tract infections, pregnancy or diabetes. While very rare, symptoms could be an indication of a condition such as bladder cancer or pelvic tumors. Dr. Kupferman will ensure each patient is diagnosed properly to pinpoint the cause of frequent urination and develop a treatment plan, which may include medication, lifestyle changes, or targeted exercises.
How is frequent urination diagnosed?
During a physical exam, Dr. Kupferman will assess your symptoms and inquire about your lifestyle habits and medical history. Be prepared to discuss any medications you take, how much fluid you typically consume and whether you are drinking more than usual or taking over-the-counter or prescription diuretics — which can also stimulate symptoms. In some cases, additional tests, such as an ultrasound or urodynamics, may be ordered.
How is frequent urination treated?
Treatment for frequent urination typically involves treating the underlying condition. If you have a UTI, for example, you will need antibiotics. If you have overactive bladder syndrome, Dr. Kupferman may discuss bladder training, pelvic floor physical therapy, or a prescription for a medication designed to calm the bladder may be recommended to patients. Limiting fluids such as water, soup, and tea before bedtime and cutting back on caffeine and alcohol can also help manage your symptoms. In some cases, patients may find it helpful to wear an adult undergarment/underwear temporarily, while seeking treatment for the condition.