Sometimes there are serious medical reasons that can cause problems with frequent urination. Sometimes it’s all about what you’re doing or not doing regularly.
If you find yourself urinating often or have the feeling you need to urinate all the time, your problem might be easier to solve than you think. I have some tips you can try. They’re based on things that have happened to all members of my family at one time or another when frequent urination was an issue.
There are situations when you feel like you need to urinate and yet when you do, only a few drops come out. A few things can cause this feeling without it being something out of the ordinary, requiring a trip to the hospital. If you visit a doctor and explain your symptoms, the doctor is likely to prescribe something you don’t need.
Your kidneys can cause one such situation. Over time, minerals can build up and this is what causes kidney stones. As the minerals build up, even without stones, your kidneys can give you the impression you need to urinate. To avoid this, flush your kidneys regularly. How do you do that? Drink a lot of fruit juice which is high in citric acid - a quart or more of orange, pineapple or cranberry juice will do the trick if you drink it monthly.
Another situation is when you feel like you need to urinate when you really need to do a bit more. The pressure from the intestines against the bladder and kidneys causes this feeling. The same thing happens when you have a lot of gas, causing intermittent flatulation. There’s not much you can do about it until you get to the point where you need to spend some time on the toilet.
If you drink a lot of fluid and you have a sedentary lifestyle, you’re going to urinate more often than someone who’s more active. This should come as no surprise, but a lot of people think they can eat and drink the same quantities when they’re inactive as they do when they’re active.
The human body rids itself of waste in more ways than one. The intestinal and urinary tracts are just two of them. People excrete fluids through their pores and even from their mouths. Extremely active people may find themselves excreting fluid from everywhere but their abdomen and can experience constipation because of it. They fail to drink enough fluid to compensate for their active lifestyles.
If you drink a glass of water five minutes before you go to bed, you can expect to wake up within an hour or two to make a trip to the bathroom. If you want to avoid that, you need to stop drinking fluids at least an hour before you head to bed. I don’t have a problem with it because I drink fluids all day long and stop about two hours before sleeping.
Young children sometimes get up in the middle of the night, complaining of being thirsty. While they’re probably just craving attention, you have to placate them with at least a small amount of water. Young children tend to wet the bed because they drink too much water just before going to bed or they drink water sometime in the middle of the night.
Years ago, I knew a guy who could drink a can of Coke or Pepsi right before going to bed and then sleep soundly all night. In fact, he didn’t head to the bathroom until a couple of hours after waking. Urination wasn’t an issue for him at all. To me, that’s not normal.
Everything I’ve mentioned is what happens to normal people. If you have a medical condition, even frequent urination you can’t control, the things I’ve mentioned probably won’t help you.
If you question your health, go see a doctor. Make it a habit to get a thorough examination at least once a year (every six months after the age of 50). If you do, a health problem serious enough to cause frequent urination shouldn’t progress to that point.
Originally published in November of 2013. Updated for readability and correction of minor errors.