First, if the frequency of your urination becomes bothersome (it wakes you up at night, for example, or interferes with your daily activities), you should seek help.
The same is true for feelings of urge to urinate or incontinence, which interfere with your daily life. Don’t be embarrassed, these problems are incredibly common and can often be treated (using non-drug methods) to dramatically improve your quality of life.
Common causes of urinary problems
That being said, six to eight urinations per day are considered an “average”. You may urinate more or less often, depending on how much water you drink and how active you are.
More frequent urination may be due to an overactive bladder (and therefore involuntary contractions), caffeine, urinary tract infection (UTI), interstitial cystitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes , or certain neurological diseases.
Here are the common causes of urinary problems:
Stress incontinence (loss of urine when laughing, coughing, sneezing, etc.): this is often caused by physical changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.
Urgency incontinence (loss of urine after feeling an urgent need to urinate): this can be due to abnormal nerve messages that cause bladder spasms, and can be associated with certain health problems such as uncontrolled diabetes or hyperthyroidism.
An accident, or certain health problems can also affect the nerves and muscles of the bladder, and cause urge incontinence: among others, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and strokes .
Overactive bladder: This disorder can be caused by abnormal nerve messages sent to the bladder at the wrong time, causing it to contract and consequently frequent or urgent urination, incontinence, or nighttime urination.
Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: These symptoms may include urinary hesitation, slow urinary flow, terminal drips or leaks, and more frequent urination (especially at night). They can be caused by an enlarged prostate, which affects urinary flow.
6 natural methods to treat the symptoms of urinary disorders:
If you suffer from urinary problems that interfere with your daily life, the following methods can be very effective: Kegel exercises: women are probably more familiar with this term than men. Kegel exercises involve contracting the pelvic muscles and keeping them firmly contracted.
For men unfamiliar with this term, it’s akin to trying to stop urinating in the middle of a urination. This can help strengthen the muscles that allow you to retain and control the flow of urine. Kegel exercises can also help reduce your urge to urinate if you have a problem with frequent urination.
Keep a “bladder diary”: this can help you become aware of your urination habits, and possibly determine a pattern.
This diary can help you develop a plan to go to the bathroom at regular intervals, to avoid accidents, and to gradually lengthen the intervals between each urination, as you regain control of your bladder. Bladder retraining: The ‘bladder diary’ is often one of the steps in bladder retraining, which involves going to the toilet on a fixed schedule.
If you feel the need to urinate before the scheduled time on this schedule, do Kegel exercises, or relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, to control your urge. Osteopathic manipulations and chiropractic adjustments: Research has shown that osteopathic manipulations produce virtually the same therapeutic effects as pelvic muscle exercises (Kegel exercises) in women with lower urinary tract disorders.
Limit drinks to certain times of the day: if you get up at night to urinate, stop drinking three to four hours before bed. It is also better to limit your consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol.
Enlarged prostate: Gentlemen, if you suspect your symptoms are due to an enlarged prostate, check out these tips for maintaining prostate health.