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Difficulty Urinating at Night

Difficulty Urinating at Night

A variety of illnesses cause difficulty urinating at night. These include prostate enlargement, microbial infection of the excretory or reproductive system, and certain medicines.
Kalpana Kumari
In medical terms, the condition of difficulty urinating is called urinary hesitancy. The difficulty might be in starting urine or maintaining the stream of urine. It affects people, irrespective of their age and sex. However, the most common victims of difficulty urinating at night are old men suffering from prostate enlargement. There can be numerous reasons behind this problem.


Enlarged Prostate

Prostate is a male reproductive gland. Its function is to produce fluid that carry sperm during ejaculation. Sometimes, the prostate gets enlarged in size. This causes difficulty urinating at night. The condition is medically termed as benign prostatic hyperplasia. The chances of its occurrence increases as a man grows older. It is believed that 85% of men over the age of 80, suffer from enlarged prostate. The common symptoms are difficulty starting urine, weak urine stream, irregular flow of urine, presence of blood in urine, and dribbling after urination. In addition to these, there is frequent urination at night.

Urinary Tract Infection

The bacterial infection that affects any part of the urinary tract is called urinary tract infection, or more commonly bladder infection. As per studies, women are at a greater risk of contracting this infection, probably because of their urethral size and location. The noticeable symptoms of bladder infection are backache, painful urination, and strong and frequent urge to urinate.

Kidney Stone

The crystal aggregations of minerals dissolved in urine are called kidney stones. They are generally found inside the kidney and sometimes, in the ureter. Both men and women can become victims of kidney stones. The commonly observed symptoms are back pain, vomiting, increased sweating, stomachache, and difficulty urinating at night. The presence of kidney stones of size 2-3 mm in the ureter causes obstruction in the passage of urine. This results in distention of urine that further causes repeated episodes of sharp pain in the lower abdomen and groins.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is the herpes infection of genital area. It is caused by two strains of Herpes Simplex virus, HSV1 and HSV2. This is the reason behind this problem in many cases. The other accompanying symptoms are pain and rash in genital areas. It occurs in both men and women.


There can be some medicines that can result in this condition. Usually, such medicines include drugs for common cold, sinus congestion, depression, and some anticholinergic medicines that are prescribed for curing incontinence.

Home Remedies
  • Put some corn silk in a cup of hot water. Allow steeping for 10 minutes. Filter the water out and drink it. 3 cups a week is recommendable. It is excellent for treating enlarge prostate.
  • Collect half a cup of watermelon seeds. Make tea by boiling it with water for 8-10 minutes. Drink a cup of this tea once a day for at least 10 days. This comforts the painful urination.
  • Tomatoes are believed to prevent urinary tract disorders. Increase their content in your diet.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid fatty and fried foods. They put unnecessary strain on the excretory system.
  • Alcohol raises prolactin levels in the body. This, in turn, leads to enlargement of liver. Therefore, keep a check on the intake amount of alcohol.
  • Eat fish. They contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are believed to ease this problem.
You may try the suggested home remedies out for getting comfort and ease from painful urination in night. But, it is very important for you to seek medical assistance so that the correct cause can be determined. This not only helps in proper and effective treatment but also in preventing the recurrence.

Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.