What are urinary Frequency and nocturia?

It is normal for you to empty your bladder between four and six times during waking hours representing three to four hour intervals. Frequency means that there is a need to empty your bladder seven or more times each day. Nocturia means a requirement to empty the bladder during the night. We generally accept one episode during the night to be reasonable but two or more episodes during the night will severely disrupt sleep and medical assessment and treatment are required. A distinction needs to be made between a bladder problem disturbing sleep and a primary sleep problem when the opportunity is taken to empty the bladder.

Frequency of micturition can be due to pressure on the bladder. The commonest cause is pregnancy but fibroids (14) or an ovarian cyst can be responsible.




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