I'm 18 and Wet the Bed. What Could Be the Reason?

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Asked by Tiffani

I Am 18 And I Still Wet The Bed, What Could Be Possible Reasons?

I am not sure if this has to do with a sleep disorder,but I am an 18 year old female. My mom has been married 2 times and divorced both times. I am currently living with my stepfather and his parents along with my sister. However, I still wet the bed at least every 2 weeks. I am about to go to college, and I have talked to my doctor who has prescribed medicine for me to take before I go to bed. Sometimes the medicine does not work, so I am getting frustrated. I am practically an adult now, but I am still having these problems. Could this have anything to do with what has happened in my life, or could this just be a health issue with my body? Please let me know anything that could help stop these bed wetting nights.

Answer

Bed wetting can be primary, (never dry, hard to envision someone 18 years old) or secondary defined as being dry for 6 months and then start bedwetting again. The main issue is to look for other medical conditions that can cause this. Some examples are, Diabetes with high blood glucose, cystitis (irritation of the bladder mucosa), effects of medications such as diuretics, and caffeine. Once all those conditions are ruled out, there should be a test of the bladder reflex, done by urologist by ultrasound. Finally there are some strategies for management such as waking scheduled for relieving the bladder.

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.