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Urinary Urgency and Frequency

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is urinary urgency and frequency?

Urinary urgency and frequency is a condition that increases how strongly or how often you need to urinate. The condition may also be called urgency-frequency syndrome. Urinary urgency means you feel such a strong need to urinate that you have trouble waiting. You may also feel discomfort in your bladder. Urinary frequency means you need to urinate many times during the day. This may also be called increased daytime frequency. You may be woken from sleep by the need to urinate. Urgency and frequency often happen together, but you may only have one.

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What causes urinary urgency and frequency?

How are urination problems diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask questions about your symptoms. The provider will check your pelvic area and abdomen for problems that may be causing your symptoms. Tell the provider about any medical conditions you have and the medicines you take. You may need any of the following:

How is urinary urgency and frequency treated?

Treatment will depend on the type and cause of your urination problems. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to manage urinary urgency and frequency?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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