Outlook A range of conditions can affect the way a person urinates. If a person has a constant urge to pee but little comes out when they go, they may have an infection or other health condition. If a person frequently needs to pee but little comes out when they try to go, it can be due to a urinary tract infection UTI , pregnancy, an overactive bladder, or an enlarged prostate. Less often, some forms of cancer can cause this.
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View All Back To Top Frequent urination is often caused by drinking lots of liquids, especially caffeine. While it could be a simple reason such as the medication you're taking or a urinary tract infection UTI , it could also be a sign of chronic condition such as interstitial cystitis or diabetes. Symptoms The obvious symptom of frequent urination is just that—needing to urinate more often than usual. It might happen during the day, or it might happen more at night, a condition called nocturia. Causes Your doctor will review your symptoms when determining the likely cause of your urinary frequency. Some of these causes include: Urinary tract infection UTI : If you have a urinary tract infection , it can cause an urgent need to urinate frequently even after you already emptied your bladder.
If there are other symptoms, they may indicate another, possibly more serious condition. Nocturia, for example, is the need to urinate at night, during the sleep cycle. This can be a symptom of diabetes insipidus or diabetes mellitus. Other symptoms that may need further attention include: pain or discomfort while urinating urine that is bloody, cloudy, or of an unusual color gradual loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence difficulty urinating despite the urge discharge from the vagina or penis an increase in appetite or thirst nausea or vomiting low back or side pain If other symptoms are present, or if urinary frequency is affecting quality of life, it is a good idea to see a doctor. Frequent urination can indicate a kidney infection , for example.
It can disrupt your sleep, which is a condition called nocturia. It commonly occurs as you get older because your body stops producing a hormone that prevents nighttime urination as you age. The bladder also loses elasticity as you get older. This makes it difficult to hold urine for extended periods of time. However, in most cases, frequent or urgent urination signals an underlying health condition.