As we age, we slowly start losing the control over our bladder. Remember when you didn’t need to pee every 30 minutes? Or when you could just go for a long walk without needing to pee outside. Yes, it was great, and now everything’s ruined. Even sleeping doesn’t seem to be the same, as you’re waking up in the middle of the night for a pee. Although aging does seem to affect the function of our bladder, that might not be it in your case. In fact, frequent urination can be brought on by other problems, including the 5 we have on the list below.
Drinking too much water
Our bodies are an open system – what goes in will eventually come out. Of course, there are exceptions, but liquids are not. The more water you drink, the more frequently you’ll visit the bathroom. Our water’s needs are different and depend on many factors and how hot and dry it is. In general, experts recommend 7-8 glasses of water per day. You can also check your urine color to detect how much water you need – if it’s clear with no yellow shade, you’re drinking a bit too much water.
Urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections can definitely make you pee more often. They occur due to bacterial overgrowth in the bowels which can later transfer to the urethra or bladder and cause problems. Once they irritate the bladder, you’re definitely going to visit the bathroom often.
Luckily, UTIs can be resolved by simply drinking more water or with many natural remedies. Water can flush out the bacteria from your bladder and stop the frequent peeing.
If you’re going to the bathroom often even when you’re not drinking fluids, you’ve probably got an overactive bladder. Normally, when the bladder is full of fluids, nerves signal your brain that it’s time for the urine to come out, but if they go out of control, your bladder will get overactive, resulting in frequent urination. There are many causes of an overactive bladder. Too much caffeine, tumors pressing on it and even some neurological conditions can all make it overactive, but it’s best to go to a doctor in order to get to the root of the problem.
If you’ve missed your pregnancy for a few days and you’re suddenly peeing more than the usual, congratulations, you might be pregnant! In the first trimester of pregnancy, the blood volume increases, making the kidneys process more fluids than the usual, which will result in more frequent peeing. This will continue later as the baby puts too much pressure on your bladder. If you’re watching a funny movie when pregnant, you can wear pantyliners. If, however, your pee has changes its color, it might be best to visit your doctor.
Pelvic floor problems
The pelvic floor is a big deal when it comes to peeing. The pelvic floor is actually a group of muscles that support the pelvis, urinary tract and bladder. When it’s weakened, you’ll definitely feel the need to pee more often. There are different pelvic floor disorders which can luckily be resolved with a few Kegel exercises or some yoga. If that doesn’t help, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
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