Frequent urination can be more of an unpleasant and debilitating condition than you might think and can leave you unable to relax and even having difficulty sleeping if it causes you to wake up constantly throughout the night. At the same time it can also be a sign of a range of serious conditions that need looking into, so it’s important to get to the bottom of what’s causing it and to treat it if possible. Here we will look into some of the possible causes of frequent urination for men.
Diabetes: Diabetes is one of the more common causes of frequent urination in men. The reason for this is that the body is trying to ‘flush out’ the excess glucose that’s remaining in the blood stream. As a result diabetic patients often suffer from frequent urination as well as from an excessive thirst that can’t be quenched (a result of the dehydration that comes from the frequent urination). It is important to see a doctor if you suspect you have diabetes (which can develop at any age) as leaving it can result in nerve damage and other serious damage to your health.
Exercise: Exercising more causes your body to require more fluids. Thus if you are a bodybuilder or athlete you are likely to drink more and thus visit the toilet more.
Diuretics: If you have changed your medication or diet then this may be contributing to your frequent urination. Many medications cite frequent urination as a side effect, and if this is a problem then you should consult with your doctor. Diuretics include coffee and of course alcohol – so if you are drinking either in abundance then this could be the cause of your frequent need to go to the toilet. Of course just drinking more water than usual can make you need to go too.
Bladder Cancer: Bladder cancer is a cause of frequent urination and here the need to urinate will likely come on very quickly. You may find it hurts when you pass urine, and there will usually be traces of blood in it. If you notice any of these symptoms it’s crucial to get yourself checked out. A range of other bladder conditions may also cause frequent urination.
Enlarged Prostate: An enlarged prostate causes the need for urination due to the location of the prostate just by the urethra. As it places pressure on the urethra this causes the feeling that you need to urinate. An enlarged prostate is difficult to spot but it may result in feeling like you haven’t finished urinating after you go, mild incontinence and difficulty starting to pass urine. A common cause of prostate swelling is ‘BPH’ or ‘Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia’.
Prostate Cancer: Sometimes an enlarged prostate is itself the sign of a tumour and this then has the same impact on the urethra. Any tumour around the pelvic region can have this effect.
Psychology: Many people find themselves needing to go to the toilet as a result of their psychology. Nerves of course cause us to need the toilet but other psychological factors such as habit and the feeling that you ‘should’ go to the toilet. For instance if you always go to the toilet before your meal you can then find that you need to go whenever you visit the toilet. Likewise people urinate during the night when they should be sleeping because they are worried that their sleep is being disturbed. Ironically it is the concern, not the need to go, that becomes the problem. This then is a vicious circle as these individuals teach their body to urinate as soon as the bladder fills at all and in severe cases this can lead to incontinence.
Urinary Tract Infection: Any infection of the urinary tract can cause frequent urination among other symptoms. Causes of urinary tract infection can include STIs.
Interstitial Cystitis: This is a chronic inflamed bladder wall which results in it being extra sensitive. Again the symptoms are frequent and painful urination. You may also experience pain during sex.