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.
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:
- Bladder stones
- Change in kidney function
- Anterior prolapse (cystocele)
- Diabetes insipidus
- Excess consumption of alcohol or caffeine
- Interstitial cystitis
- Kidney infection
- Overactive bladder
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Radiation treatment affecting the pelvis or lower abdomen
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Urinary incontinence
- 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.