False Urges To Urinate

What Causes False Urges To Urinate?

False urges to urinate can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose false urges to urinate, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "false urges to urinate" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Ovarian Cancer

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of bladder cancer
nausea for 1-3 months
major unexplained weight loss
constant bowel movement changes
premenstrual bloating/weight gain
constant abnormal vaginal discharge
vulvar pain
painful urination
drinking water treated with chlorine
history of solvent exposure
frequent unexplained nausea
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of false urges to urinate:
Cause Probability Status
Ovarian Cancer 94% Confirm
Interstitial Cystitis 19% Unlikely
Bladder Cancer 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Urinary Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about false urges to urinate:
Do you feel a frequent need to urinate, even when your bladder is empty?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, definitely not
→ Yes, sometimes
→ Yes, often
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no false urges to urinate or feeling false urges to urinate, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Bladder Cancer

A frequent need to urinate even when the bladder is empty is one of the main symptoms of bladder cancer.

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