Suddenly needing to urinate a lot more often for no obvious reason, having to go urgently or feeling that you need to go when you’ve only just been may mean you have an underlying health problem.
Needing to urinate often is a symptom that affects both men and women and becomes more likely from middle age onwards.
Certain drugs, including caffeine and alcohol, can make you urinate more frequently.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can often cause frequent urination. They can affect your bladder, kidneys or urethra (the tube that takes urine from your bladder out your body). Other symptoms include:
Other underlying conditions can also cause frequent urination, including
You may also feel the need to urinate more if you’re feeling anxious as your body’s natural stress response tries to eliminate waste in order to deal with a challenge.
If you’re pregnant, added pressure on your pelvic floor muscles can also make it harder to control your bladder.
See your doctor if you need to urinate more often than usual with no obvious explanation.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history, and may do the following tests:
These will vary, according to the cause of the problem. They may include: