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Why do I need to urinate so often?

By Anonymous May 13, 2010 - 7:49pm
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For about a week I have been urinating what feels like constantly. I go about 2-3 times an hour and I'm always busting by the time I actually get to the toilet, its not just a small amount. I'm taking cranberry tablets and ural but nothing is helping.I thought it might have something to do with the amount of caffeine I am having but I usually only have 1-2 cups of coffee and a cup of tea a day so not really much.
This is really interfeing with my life and work as I never feel comfortable and always have to know where the nearest toilet is wherever I am.
Any help would be appreciated.

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It is definitely the caffeine! Also too much of sodium and sugar can effect it badly with a uneasy feeling making it more than 10 times an hour to the toilet (no joke!). From my experience I started drinking water when I was going through it and it truly relieved the uneasy feeling. I thought it was a coincident but tried the next time and came to a conclusion that drinking is the fixed for it. Once I removed the sugary drinks, and the heavy caffeine (coffee) and drank moderately, and drinking more water, I was going to the toilet less times. Just to be safe I got an ultra sound on my bladder, kidneys and phosphate. It checked out good.

I am no doctor but I have seen the side effects of taking too much medications for every symptoms, unless it is dealing with bacteria so obviously would need antibiotics. What I am saying I don't like to depend on medications for minor symptoms; flu, headaches, etc.

Exercise more and eat healthy to avoid the abundant symptoms is no secret.

Take care of your health y'all!

April 19, 2016 - 4:18am

Thanks, Anon. All information is good!! When we research questions here at EmpowHer, it really helps in being able to search for conditions, rule out symptoms, and so on.

The only coincidences I see are that you have been urinating too often for a week and you're bloated and retaining water in the last week and your period is a week overdue. I'm wondering if there's some connection there, especially since your hormones have been a little irregular since you went off the pill. (And your doctor is right; women often have irregular periods when getting off the pill and letting their body's hormones take back over. Were you regular before you started the pill?)

You didn't mention any pain, so I am assuming you haven't had any, is that right? (Either pain when you urinate or pain like cramps?)

There are a lot of things that can cause frequency of urination and bloating in addition to urinary problems. In addition to diabetes or hormonal issues, it can be due to severe anxiety/tension, an ovarian cyst, even an electrolyte imbalance, for instance.

Is there a reason you are concerned about your kidneys? Do you have a family history of kidney problems? Renal failure actually tends to result in a DECREASE of urination, and the urine changes color -- it will be darker. And the first symptom you would notice with kidney stones would be pain or maybe nausea.

It's been a couple days since you wrote back. I'm wondering if your symptoms have changed at all, gotten better or worse? And have you gotten your period yet? If not, I might call the doctor's office and tell them that you're urinating too frequently and that you're bloated, and ask if they want to see you. I am thinking it is connected to hormonal issues, but since you're dealing with this every day -- and that's no fun -- it would be good to get it checked out.

May 18, 2010 - 8:29am


Are you having any other symptoms besides the frequent urination? For instance, pain when you urinate, or a feeling of bloating?

How much liquid do you drink in the course of a day? I know you mentioned your coffee and tea, but do you drink a lot of water as well?

Has anything else changed in the last week? Anything about your diet, your exercise habits? Are you taking any medicines, especially new ones?

How old are you, Anon? Is it possible you are pregnant?

Are you waking up at night to urinate a lot as well?

Are you overweight? Do you have diabetes, or have you ever been tested for it? Frequent urination can be an early symptom.

Have you noticed any differences in your urine, for instance is it lighter or darker than normal, or it has a different odor?

May 14, 2010 - 10:02am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Im almost 23. I have been on a low carb eating plan for a few months now but nothing has really changed habit-wise in the last week. I probably drink about 4-5 glasses water a day ( not enough, I know).
My urine looks like a normal colour, but I have been bloated and retaining alot of water in the last week.
I take antidepressant medication but that is not new, have been on for awhile.
I was actually tested for diabetes last year but it was all clear. I am just worried it might be something to do with my kidneys.
I'm not pregnant but my period is a week overdue. I have been off the pill for over a year and in the last 4 months my cycle has been very erratic, missed a period, late period, 2 in a month etc so not sure whats up with that but my doc reckons I shouldn't worry at this stage.

Not sure if the above give anymore clues but thanks in advance anyway :-)

May 14, 2010 - 11:52pm
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