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Frequent Urges to Urinate: Causes and Solutions

When talking about frequent urination, it’s important to note that this is only a symptom of another problem. In short, it’s not a condition in and of itself. While most of the causes can be minor, you shouldn’t ignore the symptoms.

As an experienced urologist at Premier Medical Group in New Windsor and Kingston, New York, Jaspreet Singh, DO, specializes in diagnosing and treating urinary issues in both men and women. If you notice a change in your bladder habits, it could be time to schedule an appointment.

Overactive bladder basics

If you’ve noticed an increased frequency in your need to urinate or a sudden and uncontrollable urge to go, you could have overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome

Under normal circumstances, nerves in your bladder signal your brain that it’s full and needs to be emptied. Then, when you’re ready to go to the bathroom, your brain signals to your bladder muscles that it’s time for urine to be expelled from your body.

OAB symptoms occur when this communication system misfires. For example, the bladder can signal to the brain that it’s full, even when it’s not. Or, the brain can begin telling the bladder to flex its muscles to urinate at the wrong times.

Together, this miscommunication between the bladder and brain can result in frequent and uncontrollable urges to urinate.

Why communication breaks down

Your urinary tract system includes your kidneys and bladder, the ureters — which are the tubes that connect them — and the urethra, which is where urine exits your body. OAB symptoms can arise because of issues or diseases affecting any of these areas.

A few common causes of frequent urination include:

In some cases, cancer or tumors in the urinary tract or pelvic area can lead to frequent urination.

Finding relief for frequent urination

Fortunately, Dr. Singh offers numerous treatments that can restore bladder health. And it all starts with an accurate diagnosis.

During your appointment, Dr. Singh discusses your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and performs a comprehensive physical examination. Based on your results, he may recommend additional testing, such as a bladder scan, urodynamic testing, or a urinalysis.

Sometimes, managing OAB is as simple as making lifestyle changes or taking certain medications. However, if these steps aren’t enough, Dr. Singh also offers innovative treatments, such as sacral neuromodulation and intravesical Botox® injections.

Sacral neuromodulation 

This therapy involves improving communication between your bladder and brain with an implanted device, such as InterStim™ or the Axonics® Sacral Neuromodulation System. Once in place, the device sends mild electrical impulses to nerves in your lower back. This disrupts the incorrect signals going to your brain, thus resolving the symptoms.

Dr. Singh can test this treatment before implanting a device, and once implanted, the treatment can be reversed later if desired.

Intravesical Botox injections

During this treatment, Dr. Singh injects small amounts of Botox® directly into your bladder muscles. While most people associate Botox with wrinkles, it also has numerous medical uses, including the ability to relax an overactive bladder.

Don’t let your bladder control your life. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Premier Medical Group today.

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