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Frequent urination - Definition


Frequent urination is a condition defined when the need to urinate is felt several times an hour, caused by the false impression of once again having a full bladder. The quantity of urine passed during the day is not, however, larger, as the urinations are very small in volume. This false impression is most of the time due to an irritation in one of the urinary organs or the tract. There can be many different underlying causes of this irritation, such as inflammation of the bladder, called cystitis or more commonly urinary infection; or prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the prostate in men. Benign swelling of the prostate is typically detected due to frequent urination, with the affected individual usually complaining of having to get up to urinate several times a night, at which point the condition is called nocturia. The treatment of frequent urination is based on its underlying cause.