Constant Urge to Pee: 8 Factors That Can Cause Excessive Urination

A healthy person stores about 13.5 oz of urine in their bladder until they feel like going to the toilet. According to experts, exceeding the average of peeing up to 8 times a day may be an indication that there's something wrong with you. If you feel like urinating all the time, here are 8 factors that can cause excessive urination:

Urge to urinate: what can it be?

1. You may have a small bladder, it's anatomically possible, despite being a regular excuse from people who avoid going to the doctor.

2. It may sound strange, but drinking little water can also make you go to the bathroom more often. When hydration is compromised, urine becomes more concentrated and, therefore, more irritable to the bladder, triggering the feeling that you have to pee more often.

3. A constant need to pee can also point to an infection or kidney stones. They're both usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as severe back or side pain and discomfort when urinating.

4. Weakness in the pelvic floor can also make a woman run to the bathroom every time she feels the slightest urge to pee, as the muscles may not be able to hold the urine in her bladder. Region-specific exercises and learning to control the muscles to contract the pelvic floor area help with frequent toilet visits.

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5. If you go to the bathroom a lot more than 8 times a day, you can have an overactive bladder, a common condition in older people as nerves age along with the body. Plus, other medical conditions can occur that increase the need to pee, such as back problems that could cause the vertebrae to push nerves, compressing the bladder. Clinical tests help identify what may be causing the discomfort.

6. Some medications, like those used to treat hypertension, for example, are diuretics and can increase the number of times you feel like peeing. Medications used to control anxiety and depression can also make a person go to the toilet more often to urinate.

7. It can also indicate diabetes. One of the main symptoms of the disease is excessive thirst and constantly going to the bathroom to pee. This happens because when a person suffers from the condition, sugar builds up in the blood and the kidneys have to work harder to filter and absorb. When this is not possible, all the extra material is diverted to the urine.

8. Although rarer, other serious problems can increase the frequency at which people pee. A herniated disk, multiple sclerosis, and tumors growing in the abdomen can put pressure on the bladder, increasing the urge to urinate.

Translated article original published on VIX Brazil, by Paulo Nobuo.