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What causes bedwetting and nocturia?

Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which staying dry at night can be expected. Nocturia is the need to get up to void frequently during the night.

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Bedwetting and nocturia in adults

Frequent urination at night, as well as bedwetting in adults, usually has different causes than among children. It’s worth noting that among adults, bedwetting is usually called nocturnal enuresis.
Frequent urination can mean that the body is producing more urine due to changes in certain hormone production, kidney problems, illness, or due to medication. This can lead to nocturnal enuresis, or it can mean that you have to get up one or several times a night to void, and is then called nocturia. Among the elderly it is normal to have to get up to urinate once or twice a night.
Among men, nocturia is usually related to an enlarged prostate. Overactive muscles of the bladder, or underlying health conditions, can however cause frequent urination at night regardless of age and gender. Remember that excessive fluid intake, especially fluids with caffeine, can affect the number of toilet visits.

TENA is there for you

In order to establish the cause for nocturnal enuresis and nocturia in adults, you should consult your doctor. Regardless of the cause, or the severity and frequency of your bedwetting problems, we have products to help you live your life as normally as possible.