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6 reasons you could be urinating more than normal

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

According to normal standards, on average a person urinates about five to eight cups or one to two litres of urine in about 24 hours. If you find yourself urinating much more frequently than that, the reason can be a simple infection or other diseases that could be causing this symptom.

Visit your doctor to find out if any of these could be the reason for frequent urination:

1. INFECTION: An infection of the urinary tract, like in the case of urinary tract infection (UTI), could be one of the reasons for frequent urination. In some cases, UTI may show no symptoms (be asymptomatic) or may be present with other symptoms like experiencing a burning sensation while passing urine, pain in the lower abdomen and in some cases even blood in your urine.

2. DIABETES: In the case of diabetes, your body secretes excessive sugar, which has to be removed from the body by your kidneys - making them overwork. This sends a signal to your brain that you need more water in your system to dilute the large amounts of sugar. All this water and overworking kidneys leads to frequent urination.

3. IRRITANTS IN WHAT YOU DRINK: In some instances, you might suffer from frequent urination if you drink too much water or liquids that contain substances that irritate your urinary bladder. Also known as irritants, these substances induce the need to pass urine in order to get rid of the toxin. Liquids containing high amounts of caffeine or alcohol are well known bladder irritants, so staying away from them might give you some relief.

4. INCOMPLETE VOIDING: Another reason for frequent urination could be incomplete voiding. This is where you don't empty your bladder completely, causing some amount of urine to be retained. This sends a signal to your brain that your bladder needs to be emptied, leading to repetitive trips to the bathroom.

5. PREGNANCY: Pregnancy is another reason for frequent urination. This happens because as your uterus grows to accommodate the growing foetus, it tends to press on your bladder, making you want to pee more than normal.

6. OVERACTIVE BLADDER: This is a condition where the bladder contracts suddenly, making you feel like you need to visit the bathroom. While there is no known reason for this condition, there are some treatment options available to help relieve this condition.