Frequent Urination

Frequent urination is a condition that causes a need to urinate more often than usual. It is a common symptom of a urinary tract infection, though it can be caused by diabetes, pregnancy, prostate problems, and other factors ranging from anxiety and alcohol use to stroke and certain diseases of the nervous system. Drinking too much before bedtime, especially caffeine or alcohol, can cause frequent urination at nighttime. Most people can sleep for 6-8 hours without having to urinate, though middle-aged and older men often wake to urinate once in the early morning hours. Frequent urination may also just be a habit. Health care providers recommend seeking medical advice if the frequent urination is accompanied by fever, back or side pain, vomiting, shaking chills, bloody or cloudy urine, or a discharge from the penis or vagina. Treatment depends on the cause of the urgency and frequency, but antibiotics and other medications may be prescribed to reduce discomfort, if needed.


The UAB Department of Urology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the genitourinary tract, which includes both the urinary and reproductive systems. This multidisciplinary team of urologists, radiation and medical oncologists, nurse practitioners, and urology nurses and technicians work together to provide the most accurate diagnoses and effective treatment options available for male and female adult and pediatric patients. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UAB’s urology program among the top 50 of its kind in the nation.

The physicians and surgeons who staff the UAB Department of Urology are subspecialists in their areas of expertise. Most faculty members have completed fellowships in addition to the conventional urology training, including training in cancer treatment, kidney stone disease, male infertility, pediatric urology, and female urology. UAB Urology specialists are members of the American Board of Urology, the American Urological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Society of Female Urology and Urodynamics, and the American Medical Association, among others.




UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of Frequent Urination. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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