Sometimes women have the urge to urinate all the time, it sometimes looks embarrassing when you go out for functions, meetings, or parties.
Here are the causes of frequent urination:
1. Urinary Tract Infection: A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system organs, including the ureters, bladder, kidneys, and urethra. The female urinary system is usually more susceptible to developing urinary tract infections than the male urinary system. One of the strongest symptoms of a UTI is a strong, persistent urge to urinate.
2. Urinary incontinence: Many people experience urine leakage at some point in their lives. The condition is called urinary incontinence, loss of bladder control, or involuntary leakage of urine. It is quite common.
Possible causes of incontinence include pregnancy, changes with age, neurological disorders, and bacterial infections (they can irritate the bladder, which triggers a strong urge to urinate and sometimes incontinence). Sometimes, hard and compacted stool in the rectum makes the nerves of the bladder hyperactive, leading to a constant feeling of having to pee.
3. Kidney stones: Kidney stones are hard forms of minerals and salt often made up of calcium or uric acid. They develop inside the kidney and may travel to other parts of the urinary tract, causing discomfort and pain. An increased need to pee is a sign that the stone has traveled into the lower area of the urinary tract.
4. Menopause: Many people experience bladder issues after entering menopause. When women reach menopause, the ligaments and muscles supporting the pelvic floor become weaker. Due to the decrease in estrogen levels, these ligaments and tissues lose their elasticity and strength. Pressure on the bladder caused by laughing, sneezing, and coughing can result in urine leakage or incontinence.
5. Bladder infection: The most common symptom of bladder infection is frequent urination. Bacteria that enter through the urethra and move into the bladder can cause a bladder infection.
How to treat frequent urination:
1. Dietary change: Eating food that does not irritate the bladder may help reduce the need to pee constantly. Caffeine, chocolate, tomato-based foods, alcohol, and spicy food can all irritate the bladder. Fiber-rich foods can help prevent constipation, which makes the symptoms of an overactive bladder worse.
2. Reduce fluids intake: Avoid drinking just before bedtime which can lead to nighttime urination.
3. Kegel exercise: These exercises strengthen the muscles around the bladder and urethra, improving bladder control and reducing the urgency and frequency of needing to pee. Exercising the pelvic muscles for five minutes three times a day can help improve bladder performance.
4. Medication: There are medications that can treat frequent urination especially those with urinary or bladder infections. but it’s important to consult with a doctor for an appropriate prescription.
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