Frequent urination means needing to urinate more often than usual. Urgent urination is a sudden, compelling urge to urinate, along with discomfort in your bladder.
A frequent need to urinate at night is called
Urgent urination; Urinary frequency or urgency
Together, frequent and urgent urination are classic signs of a
Diabetes, pregnancy, and prostate problems are other common causes of these symptoms.
Other causes include:
- Enlarged prostate
- Medicines such as diuretics
- Overactive bladder syndrome
Prostatitis(infection of the prostate gland)
- Stroke and other brain or nervous system diseases
- Tumor or mass in the pelvis
Less common causes:
- Bladder dysfunction
Radiation therapyto the pelvis, used to treat certain cancers
Drinking too much before bedtime, especially caffeine or alcohol, can cause frequent urination at nighttime. Frequent urination may also simply just be a habit.
Review Date: 06/17/2010
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.