Urinating or more correctly "going to the toilet" is something everyone must do. However, the frequency of urination depends on the individual person.
The average bladder volume for a man is about 500 ml, and the female bladder can hold an average of approx. Carry 350 ml to 400 ml of fluid. Although urination is a completely normal, and above all necessary, process in our lives, there are many people who have doubts about their bladder function due to irregular trips to the toilet. Many people often ask themselves the question: at what point is it unhealthy to go to the toilet too often?? Or: Can you go to the toilet too rarely?
In this article we will explain these questions, show you how our bladder works and discuss the problems that can arise in connection with it!
The function of the bladder
Our bladder is the most important organ of the human body when it comes to the intermediate storage of absorbed fluids. The hollow organ lies on our pelvic floor and is located behind our pubic wing. The female bladder is located directly in front of the vagina, while the male bladder is located in front of the rectum (part of the rectum).
The bladder mainly serves as a temporary storage organ for urine, which is continuously produced by our kidneys. The fluid is transported directly from the kidneys via ureters into the bladder. To prevent urine from involuntarily leaking out of the bladder, both an internal and external sphincter muscle stops the fluid from passing. Once the bladder has reached its collection limit, the urge to empty the bladder is felt and the urine can be voluntarily expelled from the urethra.
This is how often a person has to urinate per day
On average, a healthy person goes to the toilet up to eight times a day. Depending on how much fluid you consume or how large the volume of your bladder is, this number may vary.
Do you have frequent or irregular use of the toilet?
These problems and consequences can occur during urination
As already mentioned at the beginning, four to eight toilet visits a day are considered healthy. Depending on how much you drink or how long you can hold your urine, the number of times you urinate each day is of course completely individual for each person.
Often, that irregularity of daily small business can also be an indication that something in your body is not functioning properly. Below we show you three common problems that can be related to irregular trips to the toilet. Please check individually with your doctor whether you have such a problem.
1. Overactive bladder
Our nervous system plays an important role especially in connection with our bladder. When the bladder is filled to the point where it needs to be emptied, our nervous system sends signals to our brain. If our body suffers from a nerve disorder, this can have a negative impact on our urinary tract. The result: you feel like you have to go to the toilet, even though you don’t really have to.
But it is not only a nerve disorder that can cause this problem! If you deliberately suppress your urge to urinate and ignore the signals from your nervous system, the worst that can happen is that your brain gets "tricked" in the long run. This can have unpleasant consequences, especially if you postpone urination regularly: In the worst case, you feel a strong urge to urinate, although the limit of your bladder is far from being reached. At the same time, the brain can no longer receive the signals correctly, so that uncontrolled emptying of the bladder can occur. An overactive bladder can also be a first sign of incontinence. We recommend our Abena Light and Abena Man products to avoid unintentional urine in the underwear in the beginning.
At an advanced age, it’s perfectly normal for your prostate to enlarge. The glandular tissue of the prostate "multiplies" at ca. Every second man from an average age of 50 years onwards. The expanding volume of the tissue can cause the urethra to constrict, resulting in bladder weakness or post urinary dribbling. Often this creates a feeling of "overflowing," which means you no longer have proper control over your urine output. Likewise, the urge to go to the toilet frequently arises, even though the limit of your bladder volume has not yet been reached completely.
3. Kidney congestion
Serious physical damage can occur especially if your kidneys are affected or if you have a kidney blockage. if a so-called kidney congestion develops. We have already learned in the first point that an overactive bladder is caused by avoiding regular visits to the toilet and that serious consequences can affect your nervous system. If it becomes a habit that you regularly retain your urine and do not urinate, the resulting pressure can cause the fluid to back up into your renal pelvic system and accumulate there. The danger of this process: kidney stones and infections can arise. Just urinating can become a serious matter as a result!
Listen to your body when urinating!
If one must, then one must. It is not uncommon that people neglect your toilet due to time pressure, stress or other obstacles of this kind or. ignore. Always remember that the consequences for this can be great and listen to your body’s signals.
Too infrequent visits to the toilet increase the risk of bladder infections, micturition disorders and can especially damage your kidneys. Furthermore, ignoring the urge to urinate can cause disturbances in your central nervous system. Signals sent to their brain can no longer be interpreted correctly. The consequence: you feel a strong urge to urinate, although your bladder does not yet need to be emptied. More information about the urinary bladder can be found HERE in our guide article.
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