Why Do You Have To Pee Too Often? 9 Possible Causes Of This Symptom
Adults urinate about 8 times a day on average. But some things may cause you to pee more often and/or pass larger or smaller amounts of urine. Most of the time, the cause of having to use the bathroom more often isn’t serious. But in some cases, especially if other symptoms are also present, you should tell you doctor about it. Treatment depends on the cause and may involve medicines, bladder training, Kegel exercises, and changes in your drinking and eating habits, among other things.
Here’s what can make you pee more often:
Overactive bladder is a very common condition – about 40 percent of all women have it. Having an overactive bladder means having irresistible urges to pee and difficulty holding in even a small amount of urine. Your doctor may recommend pelvic floor exercises (commonly known as Kegels), changes to the fluid intake, and timing your bathroom trips. If these don’t help, your doctor will likely prescribe medicines that will allow your bladder to hold in more urine.
Anxiety can cause you to experience physical symptoms, which include peeing too often. If you’re anxious or stressed and have developed this symptom, addressing the underlying cause will help you have fewer bathroom trips.
Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infection (UTI) refers to an infection of any part of your urinary system, which consists of kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs usually develop when harmful bacteria (usually E. coli, which normally live in your bowels) enter your urethra, travel up to the bladder, and multiply there. Common symptoms include peeing more often, blood in the urine, and pain or burning when peeing. UTIs are usually treated with antibiotics.
Drinking too much
If you drink a lot of fluids throughout the day, passing more urine and peeing more frequently is an inevitable consequence. Drinks that can make you pee more often include alcohol, tea, and coffee, so you may want to limit those if they make you run to the bathroom every hour.
When you’re taking diuretics (medicines commonly used to treat hypertension), your kidneys start to produce more urine in shorter periods of time, making you urinate more often. A class of drugs called anticholinergics can cause incomplete bladder emptying, making you feel like you always have to pee.
In some people, increased thirst and having to pee more often is one of the first signs of diabetes. Simply eating lots of foods high in sugar even if you don’t have diabetes can cause frequent urination. If your levels of blood sugar are too high, your kidneys can’t handle all of it, and it will be excreted with the urine, pulling more fluids from your tissues.
Other causes of frequent urination include the following:
- weakened pelvic floor muscles after childbirth;
- in men, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate);
- bladder or kidney stones;
- an abdominal tumor pressing on the bladder.
If your symptom persists and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as burning, pain, or blood in the urine, tell your doctor what’s going on.
This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.
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