We’ve had lots of comments placed on the Embarrassing Bodies website about bed wetting. It is very common, and not just in children but in adults as well. Now, we’ve had lots of questions about ‘what are the possible causes of bed wetting?’ It could be medical problems such as diabetes or infections or problems with your bladder musculature. There can also be social reasons and psychological reasons.
Everyone’s curious as well as to ‘what are the possible treatments?’ There are numerous treatments—first of all, simple behaviour modification, like not drinking excessive amounts of fluid before you go to bed. Also, other things, like alarm systems that can be placed so you’re actually woken up while you are passing urine in your sleep.
Again, a lot of you are curious: what about leaking urine? Is it normal to leak urine when you laugh or when you’re having sex? The answer to that question is no, and it could be a sign of stress incontinence. So if you’re a bed wetter or you’re suffering from leakage, see your doctor, because there are things there that can help.
Doctor Responses: Bed Wetting
Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about bed wetting such as: What causes it? What are the possible treatments? Is it normal to leak urine during sex?
With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre
Watch Taylor’s tale about bed wetting on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.
If your child wets the bed, check our guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.
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