Specialists say that there is no recommended number of times you should go to the bathroom. Visiting bathroom becomes a medical problem if it interferes with your everyday life and affects your sleeping pattern.
Frequency of urination is individual thing, and may also vary on a daily basis. Frequent urination in women is known as “overactive bladder”. Men are not immune to this condition either, and some of the causes of frequent urination are common for both sexes.
This condition may be caused by many reasons, including changes in hormone levels, too much coffee or infections.
Sometimes there are simple and easy explanations for your frequent visits to the toilet, such as, if you drink lots of fluids, work under stress, or use caffeine. Even in relatively small doses, coffee is known to be diuretic. Diuretic medication (used in hypertension), radiation therapy, overactive thyroid gland or just small bladder or aging are considered a factor that cause frequent urination.
Women are experiencing hormonal changes all of their life, during the menstruation, pregnancy and in menopause. This is normal condition, but it makes them use the bathroom more often.
Pregnant women experience the urge to urinate often. This is a normal condition, but if you have any other symptom as well, such as blood in the urine or feel the pain, it is recommended to consult your doctor.
Each pregnancy cause weakening of the bladder-supporting muscles. After several pregnancies, women might have problem with holding and discharging urine.
Women are more prone to infections of the urinary tract, which might cause frequent urination. Some patients may feel the pain, experience changes in the urine color and smell, or find blood in urine. Interstitial cystitis (bladder inflammation) is also known to cause this condition.
Many other health disorders could affect urination. Diabetes, MS (multiple sclerosis), different kidney problems, stones in the kidneys, and sometimes cancerous changes of the bladder, ovaries or uterus might lead to frequent urination.
Nocturia is a medical term for frequent urination at night. It may be caused by aging, or be provoked by some medications, urinary infections or some additional health issues.
Some conditions cause increased amount of the excreted urine, along the frequent urination. Those are: kidney failure, stones or chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart problems or diuretic drugs.
Urinary infections, pregnancy, menopause or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) cause frequent urination and don’t increase amount of fluid excreted as urine.
When to See the Doctor
You should consult the specialist if the frequency of urination affects your normal life and sleep or if you experience burning sensation or pain while urinating.