When nature calls, we really have no choice but to answer. However, running to the bathroom one too many times a day can say much more about the state of your health than what you might think.
The average bladder can hold about one and a half to two cups of urine during the day and the average adult should urinate about six times a day. If you find yourself running to the loo more than six times each day, you might be at risk of illness.
It is important for the bladder to be emptied regularly and completely because stasis of urine can lead to bacteria multiplying in the bladder.
Although it might be easy to merely go with the flow and run to the bathroom, it can only be beneficial to your health to start taking note of why you might be weeing all the time. Here are five things that might help you to get behind the crux of your bladder problem.
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. Urinary incontinence is more common among women because of the anatomy of their urinary tract. Men have well developed bladder necks, prostates and longer urethras which increase their resistance to urine flow and therefore incontinence is less common among men.
If a person’s incontinence is accompanied by blood in the urine, pain, difficulty to pass urine or an acute onset of urine, they should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Constantly running to the bathroom is a pesky part of pregnancy. There are various reasons why you’ll need to urinate more when you have a baby on board. Firstly, your kidneys have to work harder to eliminate toxins from both you and the fetus. Secondly, as the baby, and you, get bigger, your uterus can place additional pressure on the bladder. This is predominantly why moms-to-be need to dash to the ladies room so often.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
If you feel a burning sensation while urinating, there might be a chance that you have urinary tract infection (UTI). Between 25 and 30% of women will experience a urinary tract infection before the age of 40. A UTI is an infection involving part or all of the urinary tract and is caused by bacteria such as Escherichia (E.coli). UTIs can be very painful, and cause you to have a pressing desire to urinate – with difficulty holding it in! It’s important to get medical help when you experience symptoms of UTI as it can lead to serious health complications (like permanent kidney damage).
Certain external factors like caffeine, alcohol or carbonated drinks can cause a sensitive bladder which can ultimately lead to incontinence, especially in men. While this isn’t terribly common in women under 40, coffee can irritate bladder walls and spur your urge to go to the loo. If already have problems with urinary incontinence it’s a good idea to stick to less two cups of coffee a day.
In the worst case scenario, a frequent need to urinate may be an early sign of diabetes. When you have diabetes, high blood sugar leads to increased production of urine. Your kidneys are forced to work overtime to filter and absorb the excess sugar and you’ll feel the need to urinate more often. If you have a family history of diabetes, it may be valuable to take note of your peeing patterns to ensure early diagnosis before it’s too late.
- Ferdi Marais, Urologist, Busamed Hospital Paardevlei