According to Dr. Neil Grafstein, assistant professor of urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, the frequency you go to the restroom to urinate says a lot about your health. How many times do you urinate per day? Do you have a frequent need to go to the bathroom? Here’s what it means.
How many times you must we urinate per day?
There is no set number. However, we usually urinate between 6 and 8 times per day. Recall that certain factors impact the frequency of urination, as hydration and the way you moisturize your body.
Thus, people who consume a lot of water will obviously urinate more often. But the consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea and other beverages and foods irritating the bladder like spicy and acidic foods also increases the amount of urine.
On the other hand, some people rush to the restroom as soon as they feel the slightest urge to urinate because of their sensitive bladder, while others are used to hold back and will urinate once or twice per day!
What are the symptoms of frequent urination?
The symptoms of frequent urination are:
– Difficult to hold urine
– Urgency sensation
– Urination more than 2 times a night and more than 8 times during the day
What are the causes of this frequent need?
People who consume approximately 8 cups liquid daily may possibly have a frequent need to urinate (11 times a day or more). Sometimes this need may be linked to an overactive bladder or urethra, to a fault preventing the bladder to empty, to incontinence, or to inflammation or tissue irritation. If in doubt, it is better to consult a doctor according to the Dr. Grafstein, since the one is able to regain control of his bladder – except in cases of incontinence.
How to decrease the frequency?
– Limit consumption of coffee, tea, citrus and alcohol
– Set time limits for the restroom
– Breathe deeply in case of urgent need to go to the toilet
– Train your perineum to control your bladder
Facts about urine
– The bladder can hold between 1 and 1 ½ cup of urine
– On average, a human evacuates between 4 and 8 cups of urine
– Refraining from urination, because of laziness or for professional reasons, is not bad, unless it causes pain
– However, refraining from urination too regularly can lead to bladder infections
– Normal urine color tends towards yellow, but should not be too dark
– Certain foods can change the color of your urine (blackberries, beets …)
– Asparagus can give a strong odor to your urine
– Urine is composed of 95% water (thus increase your water consumption, at least 6 cups per day)
– A sweet smell of urine is a sign of diabetes
– The average urine flow is about 7 seconds
– As we age, the urine stream becomes weaker
– You urinate more with your age
– Avoid consumption of drinks before going to bed to avoid sleep disturbance because of the need to urinate