How is frequent urination diagnosed?

Your doctor will first conduct a physical exam. He or she will usually ask questions such as:

  • What medicines are you taking?
  • How much fluid do you usually drink?
  • Are you drinking more than usual?
  • Do you drink alcohol or caffeine?

He or she will then usually take a urine sample to conduct a urinalysis to check for bacteria, white blood cells – which could indicate infection – and other compounds that may be present in your urine. Most UTIs will be diagnosed this way.

The doctor may do other tests, including a cystoscopy, to look inside your bladder. Another test is a cystometry, which checks the muscles of the bladder. You may have an ultrasound to view the bladder and other organs. The ultrasound will show tumors or other causes that might lead to frequent urination.

Based on his or her findings, you will be given a prescription, a treatment plan, or further tests.

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