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Frequent Urination In Men

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: April 3, 2019

Frequent urination for men anxiety symptom description:

Stress, including the stress that behaving anxiously causes, is a common cause of frequent urination in men. This symptom is often described as:

It’s also common to urinate more frequently during sleep hours or when resting. Others also may experience leaking, wetting, or dribbling before or after each washroom visit.

The frequent urination symptom may occur rarely, intermittently, or persistently. For example, one day you may visit the washroom numerous times, and the next day follow a more regular pattern.

The frequent urination symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

The frequent urination symptom can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.

The frequent urination symptom can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong for a while but then eases off for another period of time.

The frequent urination symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

What causes frequently urinating for men?

Because there are many medical conditions that can cause anxiety and anxiety like sensations and symptoms, such as this symptom, all new, changing, persistent, and returning sensations and symptoms should be discussed with your doctor. If your doctor attributes your sensations and symptoms to stress and/or anxiety, you can feel confident that your doctor’s diagnosis is correct. Since more serious medical conditions also have symptoms unlike that of stress and anxiety, most good doctors can easily tell the difference between stress and anxiety caused sensations and symptoms and symptoms caused by other medical conditions.

Furthermore, if you have had medical tests done and your test results show no abnormalities, again, you can feel confident that your sensations and symptoms are solely caused by stress and/or anxiety and not by another medical condition.

For information about why stress and anxiety can cause frequent urination problems, see our frequent urination page here.

Frequent urination occurs in both men and women. However, it seems to be more prevalent in men. Men generally have more urinary problems due to prostate related problems. So men search more for urinary problems than women.

Nevertheless, frequent urination is a common problem for men and women, especially stress and anxiety caused frequent urination. Again, you can find the causes and remedies for frequent urination at our Frequent Urination page.

For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms including this one, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.

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