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Your Sudden Urgency to Urinate May Also be Known as:
Feel like i have to go to the bathroom all the time
Feels like i have to pee all the time
Have to go to the bathroom all the time
Having to pee all the time
Keep feeling like i have to go to the bathroom
Needing to pee all the time
Needing to urinate all the time
Urinary urgency

Top 10 Sudden Urgency to Urinate Causes

  1. 1.Urinary Tract Infection

    In women, the opening to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is very close to the anus, and bacteria from the anus can easily escape and travel up the urethra. These bacteria can infect the bladder, and cause what is known as a urinary tract infection (UTI).

    You should go to your doctor, an urgent care, or a walk-in clinic to be treated. UTIs must be treated with antibiotics. It is important to get treated as soon as possible to avoid the infection from becoming worse and spreading. To prevent future UTIs, urinate frequently, wipe from front to back, and urinate after sex to rinse out bacteria.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pelvis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, urinary changes, abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    hidden: urinary changes: atrophy or inflammation
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)

    The prostate is a gland in men. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. As men age, their prostate grows bigger. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. An enlarged prostate is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Most men will get BPH as they get older. Symptoms often start after age 50.

    You should visit your primary care physician who may coordinate care with a specialist called a urologist. While some prescription medication may be used, no treatment is also an option. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your physician may choose to wait and follow-up if symptoms worsen.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, waking up regularly to pee at night, frequent urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, frequent urination
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis and begin an antibiotic regiment immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, sudden urgency to urinate, testicle pain, fluid leaking, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Urinary Tract Infection

    Urinary tract infections are bacterial infections of the tube that takes urine from the kidney all the way out of the body.

    You should go to your primary care physician in the next 24 hours to be treated. UTIs are treated with antibiotics. However, diagnosing why you has a UTI will be very important to making sure it doesn't happen again.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, urinary changes, penis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, painful urination
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    hidden: urinary changes: atrophy or inflammation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis and begin an antibiotic regiment immediately.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, sudden urgency to urinate, painful urination, frequent urination, fluid leaking
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis and begin an antibiotic regimen immediately.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, testicle pain, frequent urination, painful urination, testicular swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, bleeding after sex, sudden urgency to urinate, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

FAQs About Sudden Urgency to Urinate

Here are some frequently asked questions about a sudden urgency to urinate.

Will pregnancy cause a sudden urge to urinate?

Yes, pregnancy commonly causes an increase in urinary frequency and urgency. This is partly due to an increase in the hormones progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin during pregnancy. Your body's total fluid level also increases during pregnancy, which causes your kidneys to produce more urine. Finally, the growing baby inside your uterus can compress your bladder during the third trimester to further increase urinary urgency.

Why do I have a sudden urgency to urinate during sex?

Urinary urgency or even leakage during sex can be a common issue, especially among women. Sexual intercourse can place pressure on a woman's bladder or urethra which can lead to urine leakage. This may also occur during orgasm due to contractions of the pelvic muscles.

Why do I have a sudden urge to urinate at night?

Increased urination at night, or nocturnal polyuria, can be caused by a number of lifestyle habits such as excess fluid intake or consumption of diuretics such as caffeine. Nocturnal urgency may also be caused by medical conditions such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) and medications such as diuretics.

Why can I not hold my urine?

An inability to hold urine can be caused by urge, overflow, or stress urinary incontinence. In urge incontinence, the bladder muscle involuntarily contracts, pushing urine out through the urethra. In overflow incontinence, the urethra is blocked and urine may dribble out slowly due to the increased pressure building up in the bladder. In stress incontinence, unintentional urine loss occurs with activities such as coughing or laughing that cause an increase in abdominal pressure. It occurs more commonly in patients with weakened pelvic floor muscles.

Why do I feel like I need to pee after I pee?

If you feel a constant urge to urinate, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Other symptoms of a UTI include pain or burning with urination, passing only a small amount of urine when you have a strong urge to urinate, and aching in your lower abdomen.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sudden Urgency to Urinate

  • Q.Has your persistent urge to urinate gotten better or worse?
  • Q.Is your increased urge to urinate constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your persistent urge to urinate been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your persistent urge to urinate?

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Sudden Urgency to Urinate Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced sudden urgency to urinate have also experienced:

    • 6% Vaginal Discharge
    • 6% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
    • 5% Painful Urination
  • People who have experienced sudden urgency to urinate had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
    • 21% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced sudden urgency to urinate were most often matched with:

    • 28% Urinary Tract Infection
    • 2% Chlamydia Infection
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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