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Dr Pixie:
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.

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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

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I'm 45 and woke up this morning to a wet bed I hope this is not the start of something really worried about it now hope I can sleep and not wale up every hour wondering if it happened again





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I am 36 last night I dreamed of being in the toilet only to wake up and found out I have wet my bed, I use to wet my bed when I was 7 but it stop, and now again? What should I do





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I'm 16 and the past two nights I have wet the bed due to dreaming I needed the loo, and the same cycle has happened, I dream that I am in a rush to get to a toilet then I start to wee and suddenly the feeling of urinating feels more real than at the beginning which is when I wake up and realise I've wet the bed. I've cried at the thought of this becoming a regular thing, I've been under a lot of stress lately and have found it very painful to urinate during the day time and worry I have got a 4th UTI in the space of 11 months and have been wondering if anyone knew any causes of this.





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My husband is now 28 and has been wetting the bed since he was about 4 years of age and fully potty trained. He was finally able to stop over this past summer but has been doing it again off and on for the past week and a half. He blames it on his abusive childhood (was molested by his after school teacher) but his mother has a different idea why (wanted the attention when his younger brother was born). I think he needs to see a psychiatrist about it but he doesn't seem to think so. It's ruining our social life because the bed makes the whole room stink like piss. We never got a mattress cover for the bed when we got married and can't afford a new mattress. Can anyone please help me?





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I some times wet the bed once or twice a month some time two or three night in a row don't drink diabetic but diet controlled have always had this problem now aged 61 I've been invited on an all girls weekend to New York where I going to have to share a room with a thought couple of girls I am worried in case I have an accident especially with the time difference I never usedid any incontinence pads and would be worried they might be seen under my pyjamas as they look bulky any suggestions as I wouldn't want to have an accident this is the first time I been àbroad





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Hi Ann, if I was going to something special like this I'd wear a disposable pull up padded pant from any one of the company that sells them ....very discreet and easy to change privately. Personally I'm passed worrying what others think ! More concerned with a good nights sleep, in a dry bed ! Good luck.

My penis is so small when I get up from the ill, I find I have wet the back of my trousers and boxers, why am I not normal,





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im 34 and woke up with a puddle in bed i have never in my life wet the bed why did i do it now?





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I was a regular bedwetter till I was about 13 after that, it gradually stopped happening like....every night. So by the time I was about 20 it hadn't happened for a whole year. Although I am so glad it's stopped now it has affected me in other ways, and I still keep a cover on my mattress just in case. I've never had a boy friend sigh....





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I'm 39,woke this morning to find I'd wet the bed,I hadn't been drinking alcohol before bed,plus went for a wee before bed and again when I woke,I have no recollection at all,feel extremely embarrased :((





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Hi! My boyfriend is 20 years old and he's still wetting the bed, this has been going on for years but he's too embarrassed to go to the doctors. He's tried to not drink before bed but that doesn't work? What can I do to help without going to doctors? I feel so sorry and helpless





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My partner is 28 and he still has accidents. Sometimes every night for a week. But can sometime get to a point that I change the sheets due to them getting dirty.. He also will not go to a dr about it. All I do is have a waterproof matress protector and a absorbent bed pad And just regular bed changes. I have 3 bed pads which are reusable so I rinse and wash them and having 3 gives each one 48 hours to fry and air, works fine for me and I have had the same pads for 3 years now will prob be due for new ones soon but they have been quite durable, they are connie branded Really wish he would go to the Drs though.. May be something more causing it =(


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