Urgent and sudden desire to go to the toilet, too frequent urination according to you, you may be wondering if you have a urinary “problem” or if everything is normal?
First of all, if the frequency of your urination becomes bothersome (it wakes you up at night, for example, or interferes with your daily activities), you should ask for help.
The same applies to feelings of urgent need 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, we consider that six to eight urinations per day is an “average”. You may urinate more or less often, depending on how much water you drink, and your activity level.
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 disorders:
Stress incontinence (loss of urine laughing, coughing, sneezing, etc.): it is often caused by physical changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.
The incontinence of urgency (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 incontinence diabetes role 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 plaques, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke.
Overactive bladder: This disorder can be caused by abnormal nerve signals sent to the bladder at the wrong time, causing its contraction and consequently frequent or urgent urination, incontinence or nocturnal urination.
Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: these symptoms may include urinary hesitation, slowing urinary flow, terminal drips or leakage, as well as more frequent urination (especially at night). They can be caused by an enlarged prostate, which affects urinary flow.
6 natural methods to treat 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 know probably this term better than men. Kegel exercises consist of contracting the pelvic muscles and keeping them firmly contracted.
For men who are not familiar with this term, it is similar to trying to stop to urinate in the middle of urination. This can help strengthen the muscles that allow you to retain and control the flow of urine. Kegel exercises can also help you reduce your urge to urinate if you have a problem with frequent urination.
Keep a “bladder diary”: this can help you take awareness of your urination habits, and possibly to determine a pattern.
This diary can help you develop a program 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 stages of bladder rehabilitation, which consists of going to the toilet according to a fixed program.
If you feel the need to urinate before the time scheduled by this program, do Kegel exercises, or relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, to control your urge.
Mani 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 at certain times of the day: if you get up at night to urinate, stop drinking three to four hours before going to bed. It is also better to limit your consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol.
Enlarged prostate: Gentlemen, if you think that your symptoms are due to an enlarged prostate, check out these tips for maintaining prostate health.