Some causes of frequent urination include kidney and bladder infections, diabetes, pregnancy, cystitis and prostate enlargement or cancer, according to WebMD. Other symptoms may indicate the cause of frequent urination. For example, if the patient also has a fever, they may have a urinary tract infection.
Causes of frequent urination include:
- A urinary tract infection
- Prostate enlargement
- Interstitial cystitis
- Diuretic use
- Overactive bladder
- Neurological causes
When the patient is also suffering from an abdominal pain and an accompanying fever, they may have a UTI. Pain that radiates around the back or groin may also indicate a bladder or kidney infection.
People with type I or II diabetes may urinate frequently as the body attempts to dispose of excess glucose.
As the fetus develops during the early stages of pregnancy it may press on the woman's bladder.
Prostate enlargement as a result of cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia exerts pressure on the urethra, preventing the patient from emptying his bladder fully and increasing the need to urinate.
This is cystitis that arises without an identifiable cause, and can include pain when urinating.
Certain conditions warrant the use of diuretics, which make the patient urinate more often.
Someone who has an overactive bladder needs to urinate more than eight times per day.
Some neurological conditions, such as strokes, can prevent the nerves that transmit signals to the bladder from functioning normally.