Why Do I Pee So Often? 4 Common Causes That May Be To Blame

When you need to pee more than you did before, there’s always a reason. We explain four common culprits that might be causing you to run to the bathroom at all hours.

Need to pee all the time? Frequent urination isn’t only annoying. It can ruin your sleep quality and is often a sign that something’s wrong with your body. So if you find yourself needing to pee more often than before, it’s important to figure out what’s causing it.

Below, we review some of the most common causes of increased urinary frequency to help you return to normal.

1. You Drink a Lot of Liquids

The most straightforward cause of frequent urination—drinking a lot of fluids—is very often the culprit. You might have set a goal to ensure that you’re getting enough water each day or increased the amount of alcohol or caffeine in your diet. Coffee, caffeinated tea, and alcohol are all diuretics, meaning they boost the excretion of water from your body.

But if you recently started to go more often and didn’t change your behavior, this probably isn’t the cause.

2. You Have a Urinary Tract Infection

The most common medical cause of sudden urinary frequency is a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI occurs when bacteria travel up the urethra and enter your bladder, kidneys, and other parts of your urinary system. The infection causes inflammation that creates a frequent urge to urinate. And when you go, you’ll likely experience burning and notice cloudy, discolored, or strong-smelling urine.

3. You’re Going Through Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes can alter how often you urinate and are one of the leading causes of frequent urination in women. Pregnancy and menopause both alter your body’s chemicals, creating an increased urge to go. This is why so many women who are pregnant or over 50 wake up during the night to head to the bathroom.

4. You Have Diabetes

One of the earliest signs of diabetes is a change in how often you need to pee. Increased urinary frequency happens with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The exact reason for diabetic bladder dysfunction1 is a bit complicated, but it all has to do with your body trying to lower your blood sugar levels. When insulin doesn’t efficiently remove glucose—or blood sugar—from the blood, your kidneys pick up the slack. But the kidneys struggle to keep up, so your body gets rid of the glucose in your urine. When this happens, water comes with it, making you need to pee more.

What Should You Do to Slow the Flow

It’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor when you experience changes in how often you need to pee. They can help you figure out what’s going on and develop a plan to address the underlying cause. And until you know why you’re peeing more often than before, it’s going to be hard to fix it.

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