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Unread 04-14-2003, 07:46 AM
I have a question...re: frequency?

Hello Sisters...

Here's a question that I've never even thought to ask my 's (can't believe I missed it) -

How many times a day is the "norm" or "average" a woman should urinate?

I'm seeing the Uro tomorrow for follow-up for the IC. I'd have to say I've noticed improvement of symptoms some days (and nights) to be about 50% since beginning the meds 2/20. Remember, I had the wrong med for the 1st 5 or so weeks after the IC diagnosis so I've only been on the right one just shy of 2 months. I remember the Uro telling me it could take up to 3 months to notice relief. So given that, I think I'm doing pretty well! I still have the frequency issue....even with the Detrol LA.

I was just curious.....


Lori s
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Unread 04-14-2003, 08:44 AM
I have a question...re: frequency?

Hi Lori:

I think there is some information on normal frequency on the website for Detrol LA


I well remember when I was going every 30 minutes during the day and 3-4 times a night. First I was on the 4mg (and it worked almost immediately) and then backed down to 2mg a month later (due to side effects). Another month later I was able to stop taking the 2mg. Apparently my bladder "reset" (a quote from my doc) and I am no longer on the meds and am back to going every 3-4 hours during the day and only once at night. I am very thankful for this.

Oh, and on the website are some dietary suggestions .... foods to avoid that might irritate your bladder. I found that very helpful. Maybe a combination of the right diet and the medicine will help with the frequency... or maybe you are already doing that?

Take care!
Unread 04-14-2003, 04:40 PM
I have a question...re: frequency?

I'm not sure what is considered normal, but I do have a suggestion for you. It may be a bit late for this doc appt, but you may want to start keeping a bladder diary. Take note of your intake and than when and how much comes out. That was one of the first things the uro-gyn I saw had me do. I was just thinking that it might be useful for your follow up visits.

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Unread 04-14-2003, 07:25 PM
I have a question...re: frequency?

Lori, I know that I used to know what was normal... but I can't remember. However, I do know that it takes a lot for doctors to figure that it's not normal: my nephew, then 4 or 5, would urine a few times a day and his parents that as long as he urinated at least twice a day, there was nothing to worry about

You might find more information by visiting the links listed here:

Incontinence, TVT~websites...

Urinary Tract Disorders~website....

Urinary Retention

I agree with ((((Kim)))) that journalling is one great help in identifying what is going on.

Sending tons of s your way and wishing you luck with your doctor's appointment.
Unread 04-23-2003, 05:48 PM


I just read your note (am new here). Do I understand you correctly - you have been diagnosed with IC - interstitial cystitis?
Unread 04-23-2003, 08:40 PM

You are correct. IC is Interstitial Cystitis. Several of us here on the road have been diagnosed...


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