Since you’re reading this article, we’re going to hazard a guess that at some point, you’ve asked yourself, “Seriously, why am I peeing so much?!” Getting to the bottom of why you’re peeing all the time is, shall we say, a pretty urgent matter. Call it a pressing question, both because it’s important to figure out ASAP and, wow, doesn’t it feel like someone is just shoving your bladder when you really have to go?
Wasting your precious time peeing way too much can feel like an annoying bodily betrayal, but it can also raise some red flags about your health. Before we dive into what might be causing you to pee a lot, we should first clear up what counts as peeing “too much,” medically speaking. It’s actually completely normal to need to pee between four and eight times a day, according to the Cleveland Clinic. If you’re in that ballpark, kudos to you and your bladder. If you’re hitting up the bathroom to pee more than that, read on for potential reasons why you might be peeing all the time.
1. You’re drinking too much water.
Let’s start with the really intuitive and also super easy to fix cause of peeing all the time. What goes in must come out, right? The more liquids you drink, the more you’ll generally need to pee. So, if you’re going a lot, you should first take a look at how much water you’re taking in, Tanaka Dune, M.D., a urologist at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, tells SELF. “When you drink too much, your body will excrete what it does not need,” she says.
Your water needs are pretty individual, so you might need more or less than others depending on factors like your size, body type, and activity level. With that said, the Mayo Clinic recommends women have around 11.5 cups of fluids a day, including from water, other beverages, and food.
You can tell whether you’re getting as much fluid as you should through the color of your pee. If it’s light yellow or clear, that means you’re drinking enough liquids to adequately dilute the pigment urochrome, which helps to give pee its characteristic color. That’s a sign that you’re doing a great job staying hydrated.
But if your pee is always crystal clear and you feel like you’re spending your life in the bathroom, you may be drinking too much water. This is rarely dangerous, the Mayo Clinic says, but easing up can help you curb how much time you’re spending on the toilet.
2. You’re accidentally loading up on diuretics.
Drinks like coffee, soda, and tea can act as diuretics, meaning they may boost your peeing frequency. Diuretics work by increasing the amount of salt and water that comes out of your kidneys, making you pee more in the process. Though beverages like coffee and tea can raise your overall water consumption (and help you make it through the day without your mood intact), lowering your intake might help you pee less frequently.
Certain medications can also act as diuretics. Some meds to treat high blood pressure contain diuretics, and some birth control pills like Yaz have drospirenone, a kind of progestin related to the diuretic spironolactone.
3. You have a urinary tract infection.
As if we could get away with not talking about this one! A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria, usually from your bowel, makes its way to your bladder, urethra (a duct connected to your urethra—this is where pee comes from), ureters (the tubes connecting your bladder and urethra), or kidneys, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). However, most UTIs happen in the bladder, the NIDDK says. In response to the infection, your bladder becomes inflamed and irritated, which can make it feel like you have to go 24/7 even if you don’t actually have much pee in your system. Having a UTI can also just suck incredibly hard overall and cause intense burning and pain when you do try to pee.
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