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Why do I have to pee so often?

  1. How often someone has to urinate differs per person. Some people urinate 2 to 3 times a day while there are those who go to the toilet 10 to 12 times to have a pee. Yet there are days when people have to urinate more often than they are used to, this can be due to various causes.


  1. Urinating is a way for humans and animals to get rid of waste products from the body. Waste products released during metabolism enter the blood and are eventually filtered out of the circulation by the kidneys.

Men vs women

  1. Women always have to go to the toilet much more often than men. This is already visible in the long lines in front of the ladies' toilet, the men usually do not even have a row and they can walk straight to a urinal.

Around menstruation

  1. In a woman's body, hormones change continuously, every month. Just before a period, a woman usually retains moisture. After a while when menstruation has started or is over, the extra fluid has to leave the body. As a result, people may temporarily have to urinate a little more, this is normal and will usually pass quickly.


  1. At the beginning of pregnancy, the uterus (womb) presses against the bladder, which means more frequent urination. The kidneys also work faster during pregnancy and therefore have a faster flow, which causes a higher urine production. Due to the action of certain hormones, the bladder wall is weaker than normal during pregnancy, so the urge to urinate feels greater than normal.


  1. The main symptom of cystitis is a strong urge to urinate, each time a small amount of urine comes out. One has the feeling of needing to urinate very much and yet only a little comes out. Urinating is usually painful and one has abdominal and back pain and nausea can also occur.

Very thirsty and urinating a lot

  1. Some people are constantly thirsty and therefore drink a lot. Ultimately, all that fluid has to leave the body and people have to urinate often. [! 166907 => 1130 = 4554!] Caffeine and alcohol

  1. Caffeine and alcohol consumption influence the antidiuretic hormone (ADH). The hormone must ensure that too much "water" does not end up in the urine. Caffeine and alcohol have an inhibitory effect on the RDA. As a result, more "water" gets into the urine and people have to urinate a lot and often when drinking (a lot of) coffee, tea, cola and alcohol. It is advisable to drink a glass of water after every cup of coffee or alcohol to make up for the shortage.


  1. Medicines can change the "urination pattern", usually this is temporary and returns to normal once you stop taking the medication. However, if complaints persist for longer, please contact your doctor.

Overactive bladder

  1. People who have an overactive bladder need to urinate urgently and then have difficulty in holding it. They don't always manage to get to the toilet on time. With an overactive bladder, the bladder contracts too often, even when it is not necessary, which causes the bladder volume to become smaller. People also usually have to go to the toilet more than once at night.

Enlarged prostate

  1. If men have an enlarged prostate, there is a chance that they will need to urinate more often because the prostate irritates the bladder. As a result, men are more likely to have to urinate. An enlarged prostate can also pinch the urethra, making the urinary bladder less able to empty and leaving a portion behind. This makes the bladder full more quickly and a man will have to urinate more often.

Hormone level

  1. Sometimes hormones can change under certain influences. The human endocrine system is very complex and cannot be summarized in a few lines. If you have many vague complaints, including frequent urination, it is advisable to consult a doctor. He or she may choose to have a hormone case. Blood is then taken and hormone levels are determined in a laboratory.

Having to urinate mainly at night

  1. Some people have to urinate mainly at night, this is called nocturia or nocturia. It usually affects people over 50, women who are pregnant, men with prostate cancer and heart failure. Normally urine production decreases by a quarter at night so that people can sleep peacefully. In nocturia urine production continues as usual and people often have to get out of bed to urinate.

Tips against frequent urination

  1. Avoid diuretic foods as much as possible Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks as much as possible Don't drink too much before going to sleep Do pelvic floor exercises regularly

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