Are you constantly heading to the bathroom to pee? We feel for you. After all, frequent urination can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and sometimes even embarrassing. If you don’t already know what is causing this unpleasant issue, we recommend contacting your doctor. Although you may just be drinking too much water, it is also possible that you are experiencing an underlying health issue like uterine fibroids –– a common type of benign, non-cancerous growth.
Here’s what you should know about the frequent urge to urinate, potential causes of frequent urination, and what to do if fibroids are to blame.
Frequent Urination in Women
At USA Fibroid Centers, our specialists want you to know that uterine fibroids can cause frequent urination. Although fibroids are not generally considered dangerous, they can still impact fertility, damage surrounding organs like the bladder and bowel, and cause a range of unpleasant symptoms.
Uterine fibroid symptoms include:
- Heavy and prolonged menstruation between or during your periods
- Anemia, which can lead to fatigue
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and/or bloating
- Pain in your pelvis or lower back
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Stomach swelling
While some women don’t have any symptoms at all, others experience debilitating issues that impact their career, social life, and self-esteem. In general, the type, size, and location of your fibroids impact which symptoms are involved.
Causes of Frequent Urination in Women
To help find a solution for your frequent urination, you need to determine what is causing this issue. Because there are a variety of potential causes, including fibroids, you should consult your doctor for a full medical evaluation. Some of these conditions can be serious and require immediate treatment.
Although this is not a comprehensive list, some common causes of frequent urination include:
Drinking too much fluid
For many, the root cause of too many trips to the bathroom is drinking excessive amounts of fluids. If you are making multiple bathroom runs during the night, you may be drinking too close to bedtime. Try limiting your fluid intake to lower levels that still effectively prevent constipation and don’t result in over-concentrated urine.
Alcohol, caffeine, certain foods (including chocolate!), and some medications can act as diuretics and cause you to pee excessively. You may want to eliminate or limit potentially bothersome beverages and foods to see if there’s any improvement. If medications are the problem, ask your doctor whether there are any available alternatives. Note that several common blood pressure medications are well-known diuretics.
Most women have experienced an unpleasant Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) at some point. Along with causing frequent urination, a UTI can involve pressure, burning, discolored urine, fever, and lack of relief after emptying the bladder. Another type of infection, called vaginitis, can also affect how often you pee. With this condition, the vagina or vulva becomes inflamed. Other symptoms of vaginitis include genital pain, burning, itching, and white, gray, or yellowish-green discharge with a fishy odor.
Whether you’ve been hoping for a baby or not, the reality is that frequent urination is an early pregnancy symptom. Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are widely available and can help you rule out (or celebrate!) this possible cause. Your doctor may request a laboratory pregnancy test as part of your overall workup.
Weakened pelvic muscles
After vaginal childbirth, many women experience changes in their pelvic floor, which can affect how often they urinate. A weakened pelvic floor can also occur naturally as we age. Your OB/GYN can help determine whether this is the reason for frequent urination in your case. To strengthen your pelvic muscles, try doing kegel exercises.
Stress and anxiety
Have you ever noticed that you pee more when you’re feeling nervous about something? Unfortunately, chronic stress and anxiety can take this phenomenon to a whole new level. We recommend avoiding stressors when possible and, when not, finding better ways to manage it. Exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are both good places to start.
If your estrogen levels are low, such as during menopause, you may notice yourself peeing more often –– particularly at night. If frequent urination prevents you from sleeping, you may want to ask your doctor about hormone therapy.
Frequent urination and excessive thirst are early signs of diabetes. You may also notice unusually large amounts of urine when you go. If you believe you may have diabetes, contact your doctor immediately. This is a serious condition that often requires daily monitoring and medications to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Along with heavy bleeding, severe cramps, and low energy levels, the presence of fibroids can also result in frequent urination. If you are experiencing fibroid symptoms, we want you to know that there’s help available.
What Does Frequent Urination Mean?
To answer this question, let’s begin by discussing normal urination. For most, this involves urinating every three to four hours, or six to eight times each day. Not needing to use the bathroom at night, or getting up once to pee, is also considered normal. If you are urinating more often, then you are experiencing frequent urination.
To determine what is causing your frequent urge to urinate, we recommend that you ask your doctor. If you believe that uterine fibroids are the cause, it may be helpful to head straight to the experts by reaching out to one of our fibroid specialists.
Frequent Urination Before and During Your Period
If you are experiencing frequent urination before your period, or during your period, this is a red flag for the possibility of fibroids. Be sure to discuss the timing with your doctor, as this can help determine your reasons for frequent urination. You’ll also want to address any other fibroid symptoms, such as heavy bleeding and severe menstrual cramps.
Uterine fibroids are often detected during a routine pelvic exam. If your doctor suspects you may have fibroids based on your symptoms and exam, they will likely order an ultrasound or MRI to determine the type, number, and location of your growths. If fibroids are confirmed, the good news is that fibroid treatment can effectively eliminate your symptoms –– including frequent urination.
How to Stop Frequent Urination Due to Fibroids
Although you may have heard that a hysterectomy –– the complete surgical removal of the uterus –– is the only available fibroid treatment, this isn’t true. Our fibroid experts at USA Fibroid Centers offer a minimally-invasive, non-surgical fibroid treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE involves less risk, no general anesthesia, no hospital stay, and a short recovery period of only one to two weeks.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization can shrink your fibroids, allow you to retain your uterus and fertility, and improve your fibroid symptoms. Because we perform UFE as an outpatient procedure, you will be able to quickly recover in the comfort of your own home.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers
There’s no need to be tied to your bathroom any longer. If you are tired of suffering from frequent urination due to fibroids, we can help. Uterine Fibroid Embolization is available at dozens of USA Fibroid Clinics across the country. You can schedule an initial consultation in person, or opt for a telemedicine appointment. Feel free to give us a call at 855.615.2555 with any questions, or visit one of our locations nearest you.