I have been having issues with adult bed wetting. Could there be an underlying problem?

Q. How to prevent bedwetting in an adult?

Answered by
Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 15, 2022

Hi doctor,

I have been having issues with adult bed wetting. The first time was a little over a month ago. I took medication for a urinary tract infection, but two weeks later, the same happened, but this time only a few droplets passed before I woke myself up and used the bathroom. Could there be an underlying problem?

It happens when I dream of using the bathroom, and it only started two months ago.

Previously I had taken antibiotics for UTI.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Adult bedwetting is uncommon, and once in a while or occasional episodes can occur, but frequent episodes of nocturnal enuresis demand a talk with the concerned doctor and require medical evaluation. There are underlying causes of adult bedwetting that cause secondary enuresis:

  1. Overactive bladder.
  2. Blockage in the part of the urinary tract, such as a stone.
  3. Urinary tract infection.
  4. Diabetes.
  5. Medication that increases urinary outflow.
  6. Sleep apnea, etc.

Now, these are some causes that can lead to nocturnal enuresis. Based on your medical history and specific tests, the above causes can be ruled out to diagnose your condition.

1) Are you taking any diuretic medication?

2) Any problem with sleep or drinking too much water before bedtime?

You took antibiotics suspecting it to be due to UTI (urinary tract infection), yet the problem has not been resolved. I suggest you consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them, and take the medicines with their consent. Please reply to the above questions as well.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

I have not taken any diuretic medication. I sometimes tend to sleep late (2 to 4 AM), but since the first bed-wetting incident, I have stopped taking liquids late at night or at least three hours before sleeping. The first time it occurred, I drank quite a lot of water and slept late. I assumed I did not wake up because I was too deep in my sleep. The second time, I slept late but did not drink lots of fluid, and I could wake up on time. Those have been the only incidents. Thank you for the quick response.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Reading your response hints to me that you have had only two occasional episodes of night bedwetting which can sometimes occur in one's life, through rare and not too much worrying. However, I would still suggest you consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them, and take the medicines with their consent.

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