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Are you urinating frequently? Let’s find out how often should you be peeing

Updated on:22 September 2021, 09:48am IST
Have you found yourself urinating quite often? Obviously, frequent urination is NOT normal and that's why we want you to know the main causes behind this, so that you take immediate action.
Aayushi Gupta
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You could be suffering from any of these problems. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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From frequent trips to the loo during the day to having the urge to urinate in the middle of the night — all this can be a sign that something is wrong with you. Excessive urination is not always a cause of drinking excessive water; it can happen for various reasons. 

How many times a day do you pee? Never really thought about it? Well, counting the number of times you pee might not seem important, but the number of times you pee in a day can reveal a lot about your health. To understand all about the normal frequency of urination, and the reasons behind frequent urination, we got in touch with Dr Sarita Channawar, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road. 

What is the ‘normal’ urination frequency in a day?

“Going around 4-10 times to urinate per day is normal and essential, ” says Dr Channawar. The average amount, however, most people urinate, is four to seven times, during a day. But not going at all or just urinating once or twice a day is unhealthy and not recommended at all. 

In the same way, if you notice that all of a sudden, your toilet trips have increased, it is likely that you may have a frequency problem, which is also not normal. In fact, this condition can be related to several other medical conditions that need to be addressed. That’s why you should be aware of the number of times you urinate in a day. 

Here’s what frequent urination can indicate about your health

These are the underlying medical conditions that may be responsible for increased urinary frequency: 

1. Certain medical conditions

Dr Channawar says if you’re going more often, it can be a symptom of many conditions like overactive bladder syndrome, bladder cancer, UTIs, or prostate problems, and can even disturb your sleep. 

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Frequent urination is the symptom of UTI. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Urinary tract infection

Having a urinary tract or bladder infection will also make you urinate frequently, says Dr Channawar. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system. The symptoms of this condition include painful urination, feeling pain in your side or lower back, and needing to urinate often. Most UTIs can be treated with an antibiotic. 

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3. Interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (a painful bladder condition causing frequent urination) can be seen in people. The pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain. The condition is a part of a spectrum of diseases known as painful bladder syndrome. 

4. Due to pregnancy

Frequent urination is also seen during pregnancy, as the bladder gets squished. This is because the baby tends to take more space inside the body, says Dr Channawar. 

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Pregnancy can increase your toilet trips. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Kidney diseases

“Frequent urination can indicate kidney disease, and it is problematic when accompanied by abdominal pain and fever causing a UTI, ” says Dr Channawar. When frequent urination is accompanied by the symptoms of weakness or trouble sleeping, blood-stained urine, loss of appetite, and muscle cramps, you should visit a doctor. 

6. Diabetes

Most people know that peeing a lot is one of the early signs of diabetes. Dr Channawar says, “It irritates the bladder, which then tends to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, leading to frequent urination.” 

7. Diuretics

A diuretic is something that makes you urinate more frequently than normal. You’re probably familiar with common diuretics — alcohol like beer, wine, liquor, and caffeine (coffee or tea). In addition, some medications used to treat other conditions like high blood pressure can have diuretic side-effects. 

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Dr Channawar says, “Opting for diuretics means medications to treat high blood pressure or fluid buildup work in the kidney and the extra fluid is expelled out from the body. This can cause frequent urination.” 

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Be cautious while consuming caffeine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Apart from these conditions, suffering from pelvic tumor, vaginitis, which is inflammation of the vagina, having a prolapse of the female pelvic organs through the vagina, can also make you urinate frequently.

When is frequent urination a problem?

If you’re pretty sure that overhydration, too much caffeine or pregnancy aren’t behind your frequent urination – or if your need to go is interfering with your daily life – it’s definitely the right time to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor or your Ob-Gyn. You’ve seen that there are several things that can cause frequent urination. It’s important to speak to a doctor about your concerns, and get an accurate diagnosis. 

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