Most people urinate seven to eight times each day, and people in their 40s and 50s usually have to get up to go to the bathroom once per night, while those who are 60 or older may need to go two or three times. If you need to go more than that does it signal a problem?
The answer is maybe.
Often, people who need to urinate more often drink more caffeinated, carbonated, or alcoholic beverages, or they’re pregnant. Dr. Parisa Pourzand advises patients to consider what’s normal for them, rather than for most people, as well as whether or not other symptoms are occuring. If you’re struggling to make it to the restroom in time, or dealing with urinary incontinence, you should seek treatment.
When to be concerned
If you’ve noticed a change in how often you need to urinate, but you haven’t changed other habits, you may want to schedule an appointment. Also, if any of the following symptoms accompany frequent urination, you should seek care:
- Blood in your urine
- Urine that appears dark brown or red
- Pain when you urinate
- Pain in your side, belly, or groin
- Difficulty urinating
- An urgent and frequent need to urinate
- Inability to hold it
Although it’s normal to wake up needing to go to the bathroom occasionally, or even most nights, if you’re struggling to get enough sleep because you need to pee so often, it could be a sign of a problem. Similarly, if going to the bathroom is disrupting your day-to-day activities or making it difficult to do the things you normally do, you should talk to Dr. Pourzand.
Some causes of frequent urination are obvious. For example, when you’re pregnant the growing fetus puts extra pressure on your bladder, and there’s less room to store urine.
Other causes are less clear. Diabetes is associated with an increased frequency of urination and a greater volume of urine. This is because your body is attempting to dispose of excess glucose.
Some medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure or kidney disease, can cause frequent urination. Interstitial cystitis is a condition that causes pain in the pelvic region and may also make you need to urinate more often.
Understanding your frequent urination
When it comes down to it, if you’re concerned about how often you need to pee, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Pourzand. Although frequent urination isn’t necessarily an indication that you’ll develop urinary incontinence, it could.
Talking to a highly qualified physician about your symptoms, lifestyle, and concerns is always the best method of easing your mind when it comes to your overall health. You’re a unique individual and Dr. Pourzand takes into account all the various elements of your health before making suggestions about lifestyle changes, medications, or possible interventions.
Don’t worry about frequent urination. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Pourzand to understand it.