Why Do I Always Have to Pee?

January 30, 2019
If you want to have more control over how often you have to pee, first you need to find out why you are peeing so often.

Are you already used to getting to the movie theater and finding the closest seat to the exit because you know that, at some point, you’re going to have to pee? And let’s not even talk about those super long car trips where there are so few stops.  Do you identify with any of this?

If you don’t know what’s going on with your bladder, keep reading, because we’re going to talk about why you constantly have to pee.

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It might not be as frequent as you think

Woman in red dress cupping groin because she has to pee

Do you feel like you go to the bathroom a lot?  In reality, you’ll have to pee 8 times a day, on average, if you drink the recommended amount of water (2 liters a day).

This is because water helps remove toxins, and urine is one of the most effective ways of doing this.

If you drink less water, you’ll also go to the bathroom less.  But this could lead to urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and other discomforts.

You have a small bladder

This common expression actually has some truth to it, even though it sounds strange. Just like some people can be tall, others can be short, your bladder also has its own unique size.  Most bladders have the ability to hold about 2 cups of liquid.

You can measure this with a simple home experiment.  All you need to do is take a container and see if you’re getting rid of 1 to 2 cups of urine.  Any amount greater or lesser than this is not normal.

If you don’t want to do this at home, a laboratory test could also be helpful.

Have you ever wondered if you can train your bladder to hold more liquid?  The answer is yes, you can.  It can stretch when it’s full, but it’s not healthy to hold our urine, as this causes infections.

You’re not drinking much water

Woman drinking water to stay hydrated and keep urine healthy have to pee

If you’re annoyed by having to go to the bathroom all the time, you’re probably already limiting the amount of water you drink. A lot of people do this to avoid the annoyance while going on a trip, or even when working.

However, not only are you voluntarily dehydrating yourself, but it’s also harming your bladder. You’ll start to notice that your urine smells stronger and looks darker.

This is because when you resist the urge to urinate, the urine becomes more concentrated and irritates the bladder.  On the other hand, drinking too much water is also not good.  It’s best not to go too far in either extreme.

Remember that by not drinking the necessary amount of fluid, your body won’t be able to release toxins and your kidneys will become saturated with them.

You have a UTI or kidney stones

When you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or small crystalline formations known as kidney stones, this could irritate your bladder.  This will cause you to have to pee more frequently, and you might experience other symptoms as well.

Generally, kidney stones create intense back or side pain. If you don’t pay attention and see a doctor to treat your problem, you could end up having to get surgery to remove these small stones.

As far as urinary tract infections, the classic signs are a stronger urge to pee, accompanied with pain. Sometimes, you may have the urge to pee frequently but when you try to go, it’s difficult to pee or happens really slowly.

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You need to go to the gym

Have to pee women in gym doing cardio exercise

Most women don’t have any idea how to squeeze or relax the muscles in their pelvic floor.  This could cause you to run to the bathroom the second you feel that you have to pee.

To put an end to this, all you have to do is train the muscles to hold the urine in your bladder.

Before, we told you that you shouldn’t resist the urge to pee, and that’s true.  In this case, however, we’re only talking about waiting a few minutes to go to the bathroom.  That will strengthen your bladder just a little bit.  

Kegel exercises are great for helping with this.

You can do these by squeezing and releasing the muscles used to stop the flow of urine, without moving any other part of your body.

This advice is useful, particularly for pregnant women and women in the postpartum phase.  Even your sex life will be benefited by practicing these exercises.

You’re taking medications that make you have to pee

The things you eat could also cause excessive urges to urinate. This is very common when taking diuretic medications that are oftentimes used to treat high blood pressure. This includes natural diuretics, like papaya. They create an amount of urine that will have you running to the bathroom.

Anticholinergics are another type of medication that will cause you to urinate.  People take them to treat anxiety, depression, and other similar problems.

If you have started treatment and you have recently started to go to the bathroom more often, see your doctor.  They will have various alternatives for the same problem, and you’ll undoubtedly be able to change whatever is causing it.

You could have diabetes

Insulin device for diabetes have to pee

What’s your diet like?  Are you at an ideal weight?  Do you exercise?  Needing to urinate is a classic sign of diabetes, and if this is your problem, you need to treat it immediately.

When there’s too much sugar in the blood, at a certain point your body will no longer be able to synthesize it into anything else. At that point, the sugar passes through your urine, making you have to pee. If you suspect that you may have diabetes, see a doctor to get tests done. Then, get treatment if necessary.

If you have to pee a lot and you find it annoying and that it interrupts your daily activites, make sure you reference this list before making any changes. Before you start drinking less or more water, make sure you don’t have a more serious condition causing you to have to pee a lot.

  • Foxman, B., Barlow, R., D’Arcy, H., Gillespie, B., & Sobel, J. D. (2000). Urinary tract infection: self-reported incidence and associated costs. Annals of epidemiology10(8), 509-515.