Urgency

Urgent urination is a sudden, strong urge to urinate, along with discomfort in your bladder.

Causes of urgent urination

Common causes of these symptoms are:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Enlarged prostate in middle-aged and older men
  • Leakage of urine from the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your body)
  • Swelling and infection of the urethra
  • Vaginitis (swelling or discharge of the vulva and vagina)

Less common causes include:

  • Alcohol use
  • Anxiety
  • Bladder cancer (not common)
  • Drinking caffeine
  • Diabetes that is not well controlled
  • Pregnancy
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Medicines such as water pills (diuretics)
  • Overactive bladder syndrome
  • Radiation therapy to the pelvis, which is used to treat certain cancers
  • Stroke and other brain or nervous system diseases
  • Tumor or growth in the pelvis