Frequent urination may be caused by diseases affecting the urinary tract at any level. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureters), the bladder, and the duct through which urine flows from the bladder out of the body (urethra).

Several factors may be linked to frequent urination, such as:

  1. Infection, disease, injury or irritation of the bladder
  2. Conditions that increase urine production
  3. Changes in muscles, nerves or other tissues affecting bladder function
  4. Certain cancer treatments
  5. Drugs or beverages that increase urine production

Depending on what's causing your frequent urination, you may experience other urinary problems, such as:

  1. Pain or discomfort during urination
  2. A strong urge to urinate
  3. Difficulty urinating
  4. Loss of bladder control
  5. Unusual urine color

Specific diseases, conditions or other factors that can result in frequent urination include:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Bladder stones
  3. Change in kidney function
  4. Diabetes insipidus
  5. Diuretics (water retention relievers)
  6. Excess consumption of total fluids, alcohol or caffeine
  7. Interstitial cystitis
  8. Kidney infection
  9. Overactive bladder
  10. Pregnancy
  11. Prostatitis
  12. Radiation treatment affecting the pelvis or lower abdomen
  13. Type 1 diabetes
  14. Type 2 diabetes
  15. Urethral stricture
  16. Urinary incontinence
  17. Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  18. Vaginitis

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

July 16, 2015