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What Causes Frequent Urination?

You Asked: Too Many Trips to the Ladies Room?

Dear Fit,
I drink tons of water, and probably go through four 32-ounce Nalgene bottles within the eight hours I am at the office, so I assume that's the reason. I'm wondering if this is bad for me? I go to the "ladies" at least once an hour to pee, and the guys in my office think it's way too often.
— Fearful of Over Watering

Women have smaller bladders than men, so that's why we tend to visit the ladies room more often. Is it possible to have to go too often? To find out keep reading.

I'm glad to hear that you're staying hydrated by drinking water, and chances are your constant trips to the loo are based purely on your water intake. Just so you know though, there is actually such a thing as drinking too much water. It's known as hyponatremia or water intoxication. If you're feeling the need to relieve yourself often, but are also experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, headache, disorientation, confusion, hallucinations, nausea, or restlessness, it could mean you're drinking too much of the clear stuff. So I'd alternate between drinking regular water, and water that's infused with electrolytes. Or decrease your water intake slightly and see if this helps. If you're still frequenting the ladies room, I'm wondering if you're pregnant, since that can also increase a woman's trips to the bathroom. If no baby is on board, then it's worth making an appointment with your doctor, just to rule out a UTI or diabetes. Frequent urination is a symptom of both, so visiting your doctor can ease your mind about your regular relieving.

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cleveraven00 cleveraven00 7 years
I do not even have to drink a lot of water to do #1 constantly. After I drink the first 8 ounces, I am already hitting the bathroom in 20 minutes. I do not have UTI, pregnant, or diabetes. My mom says that I have a good flushing system, but my husband thinks it is weird. It only happens with water and beer.
glitter-junkie glitter-junkie 7 years
A doctor once tolde me every 1 1/2 hours is fine. But every hour might be a bit much - if you're thirsty you could have diabetes, so check it out and cut it down!
shaunarae shaunarae 7 years
I was just talking to the girls I work with about this. I just recently switched to seltzer water and I realize that I've been drinking way too much. I wake up in the middle of the night, pretty much every night, to go...I wish I could sleep through the night. I cut out drinking anything at least two hours before bed to save this. It continues...Help!?
lizs lizs 7 years
I think once an hour is fine for even normal consumption...and we've established that the asker might be overdoing the water thing. In addition to our smaller bladders, women often wear tighter clothing than men (which can cause more frequent trips down the hall). On another note, is anyone else tired of every women's health question being possibly related to pregnancy. Allergy season? You might be pregnant! Tired after working out? You might be pregnant! Broken arm? Pregnant! Drinking your bodyweight in water every day and urinating 12 times? You might be pregnant! (I know Fit is just trying to help, and that frequent urination really can be an early symptom, but I feel like it's pregnancy-palooza in the world of women's health.)
yes-jess yes-jess 7 years
Hmm...well the recommended amount is 64 ounces (eight 8 ounce glasses) a day isn't it? And I recall reading an article that said that even that the 64 recommended ounces doesn't take into account what we take in from food. No wonder you're going to the bathroom so often. Now, if you drink a lot of water because you're constantly thirsty, then yes, that could be a sign of diabetes. You might want to cut back to 3 of those bottles at the most. But I'm no doctor.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I think you may be okay. I drink a lot of water, too, and I visit the restroom frequently. Per my medical check-ups, I have excellent health (All my lab work comes back normal and ideal, and I didn't even fast).
scmeggiry scmeggiry 7 years
Thanks for this. I usually feel nauseous and lethargic in the afternoons. It's probably because I drink three 24 oz bottles of water after lunch plus a few mugs of tea. I also crave salt around 5pm, probably due to drinking too much water
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Most people don't lose enough salt to really be in danger of hyponatremia, but if your diet is low in sodium and you're drinking that much water, you could be in danger. If the only symptom of drinking all that water is having to pee a lot, you're probably not in any health danger. If you're drinking all that water, it's doubtful you have a UTI, especially if your urination is painless and you are able to fully empty your bladder when you do go. You should ask your doctor to rule out diabetes or a kidney problem, but it sounds like you just drink a lot and therefore have to pee a lot.
Advah Advah 7 years
Michlny, I go at least once an hour too. I drink green tea throughout the day..
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Why do your coworkers feel the need to comment on how often you go to the bathroom? That would creep me out.
michlny michlny 7 years
I go once an hour at work too...don't think there's anything wrong with that!?? Good to get up at least that often to stretch my legs anyway.
taylorbath taylorbath 7 years
I can't imagine how much this person drinks in an entire day if they drink that much just during work. Most people have never heard of hyponatremia (water intoxication) and have no idea they're overdoing it.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
3 bottles is fine by me, but 4 might be too much. i drink a lot too, no diabetes here, actually once i realised i was consuming so much water i freaked out and made my GP take all the tests.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
you can DROWN your CELLS by drinking too much water. you get part of your daily recommended water intake through the food you eat too. PLEASE do not overdo it!!! 128 ounces of water a day, AT WORK ALONE? I guarantee you drink water at home also. seriously this is excess.
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