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Could my gender cause me to pee so much at night?

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Your gender can also play a role. For example:

  • Men: An enlarged prostate is common when you're an older guy. It usually isn’t serious, but it can keep you from emptying your bladder.
  • Women: After menopause, you make less estrogen. That can cause changes in the urinary tract that make you have to go more often. If you’ve had children, the muscles in your pelvis may be weaker, too.

From: Why Do I Pee So Much at Night? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Nocturia.”

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: “Nocturia.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

National Organization for Continence: “Nocturia.”

American Society of Nephrology: Geriatric Nephrology Curriculum.

Calleja-Aqius, J. October 2015. Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society,

Osman, N. 2013. Aging Health,

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Nighttime Urination and Sleep Apnea.”

Vaugh, C. , April 2013. Journal of Urology

UpToDate: “Nocturia: Clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Nocturia.”

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: “Nocturia.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

National Organization for Continence: “Nocturia.”

American Society of Nephrology: Geriatric Nephrology Curriculum.

Calleja-Aqius, J. October 2015. Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society,

Osman, N. 2013. Aging Health,

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Nighttime Urination and Sleep Apnea.”

Vaugh, C. , April 2013. Journal of Urology

UpToDate: “Nocturia: Clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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