When I was a 4 or 5, I remember my mother telling me to pee before I left home. She used to say that it would be difficult to find a public restroom and who knows what infections I would be exposed to. Now that I am a grown-up, nobody needs to remind me of these things because nature does its job pretty well. But what if nature reminded you that you needed to pee quite frequently? Not a pretty picture, is it? Here, it is noteworthy to mention that in 2017, India built a total of more than 52 million public washrooms all over the country. One of the main reasons behind this step by the Government of India to drive such a significant installation of toilets in India was that in 2011, only 53 percent of households in India had a toilet. Anyhow! That’s a story for another day, here let us talk about why some people need to go to the bathroom more than the others. As someone who has a bladder the size of a peanut, I can say I have done my share of research.
There are some people who think that this urge to pee frequently is quite normal. There are others who are anxious about their well-being and its connection to their frequent urge to pee. Here is what you should know about frequent urination— Introduction to Frequent Urination
Frequent urination is the condition where one has an urge to pass urine more often than usual. Apart from being a sign of an underlying medical condition, it can also disrupt one's daily routine. Some even feel ashamed about this and try to hold their pee in, which again is not something that you should do.
Patients who suffer from frequent urination often complain about disruption in sleep or insomnia (because they cannot put away the thought of urge to pee again in a few minutes). One thing that you should know here is that frequent urination is not the same as urine incontinence. Urine incontinence is a medical condition where a person does not have control over pee until he/she reaches the restroom and leaks urine before time.
What are the causes of Frequent Urination?
Bladder infection is also known as UTI or Urinary Tract Infection. In this condition, the urethra which carries urine throughout the process of passing it out of the body and bladders get swollen. Because of the swollen bladder and tube, the body reacts this way and speeds up the passage of urine by 2-3 times.
CONSUMPTION OF DIURETIC FOODS
Diuretic foods & drinks comprising coffee, horsetail, parsley, green and black tea is universal among the human population. Some of the diuretic foods and beverages are consumed for a temporary change in the body like coffee to get rid of tiredness, and green tea to improve the metabolism of the body. However, diuretic use is often contemplated when the body has high blood pressure or fluids accumulation in the kidney.
During pregnancy, the fetus starts to grow in the body of a woman. Along with the hormonal changes, she goes through physical changes as the baby grows bigger to make space for itself in the body, it pushes bladder. It causes frequent urination, especially women who give vaginal birth experience frequent urination because of damage to the urethra (the tube which holds the urine in the human body).
Tumour in the bladder is one of the rare conditions where frequent urination is experienced. In this condition, the tumour starts to grow and takes up all the space in the bladder (could be inside or outside). Also, bladder starts to bleed and thus, the body feels the urge to pee because there is excess urine in the body as it mixes up with blood.
OAB OR OVERACTIVE BLADDER SYNDROME
Bladder contractions could be the possible reasons for your urge to pee at frequent scale. Even a negligible shrinkage can lead to frequent urination irrespective of the fact that bladder isn’t full. Thus, avoid drinking water or staying dehydrated does not work in this condition.
BLADDER STONES OR KIDNEY STONES
When it comes to kidney stones, urination is not just frequent but also painful. Kidney stones are very common among the human population. In various conditions, they do not stay inside the body for long but pass through the urinary tract and move down to the urethra. To pass kidney stone naturally, one needs to consume loads of fluids and pain relievers. Thus, frequent urination is common.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
As per statistics of the United States, 20 million brand new STDs have come into existence. In the case of sexually transmitted disease, men more often go through frequent urination than women. It has been concluded that only specific categories of STDs incorporate frequent urination as a symptom. These include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, mycoplasma genitalium infection, and genital herpes.