Symptom: Frequent urination

    Frequent urination is the need to urinate more often than is normal for you. The amount you urinate may be less than normal, about the same as normal or more than normal.

    Frequent urination may be a problem affecting you both day and night, or you may find that you need to urinate frequently only during the night (nocturia).

    In addition to being a sign of a medical condition, frequent urination can affect your sleep, work and general well-being.

    Frequent urination

    Several factors can cause frequent urination, such as:

    Depending on the condition causing frequent urination, you may experience other urinary problems, such as:

    Specific diseases, conditions or other factors that can result in frequent urination include:

    1. Prostatectomy
    2. Bladder stones
    3. Change in kidney function
    4. Anterior prolapse (cystocele)
    5. Diabetes insipidus
    6. Diuretics
    7. Excess consumption of alcohol or caffeine
    8. Interstitial cystitis
    9. Kidney infection
    10. Overactive bladder
    11. Pregnancy
    12. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
    13. Prostatitis
    14. Radiation treatment affecting the pelvis or lower abdomen
    15. Type 1 diabetes
    16. Type 2 diabetes
    17. Urinary incontinence
    18. Urinary tract infection

    Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.


    • There is no apparent cause, such as drinking more total fluid, alcohol or caffeine than usual
    • The problem disrupts your sleep or everyday activities
    • You experience other urinary problems or worrisome symptoms

    See your doctor as soon as possible if you have frequent urination along with any of these signs or symptoms:

    • Blood in your urine
    • Red or dark brown urine
    • Painful urination
    • Pain in your side, lower abdomen or groin
    • Difficulty urinating or emptying your bladder
    • A strong urge to urinate
    • Loss of bladder control
    • Fever

    Urinary tract disorders may cause the above signs or symptoms, but so can other serious diseases or health conditions. Get medical help to find out what's causing your frequent urination and how to treat it.


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