How Many Toilet Trips is Normal?

How many toilet trips is normal for men and women?

If part of your daily exercise routine consists of running to the bathroom, then it may be time to consider if your number of trips to the toilet is normal?

Kegel8 is here to help you discover if your routine is normal, and how to amend it if not.

So, How Many Toilet Trips is Normal?

Most people urinate between 6-7 times within a 24-hour period after drinking approximately 2 litres of fluids. However, going to the toilet between 4 and 10 times per day can also be normal if you are healthy and content with the number of times you visit the toilet.

The number of your toilet trips also depends on how much you drink in a day and the types of fluids which you drink. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the USA, men should have 15.5 cups and women should have around 11.5 cups of fluids per day, including fluids from water, other beverages (including soup), and even food.

A great tell-tale sign of hydration is the colour of your urine; if it’s clear then you’re drinking too much, if it’s dark yellow in colour then you’re not drinking enough. The ideal colour you want to achieve is pale yellow.

Some fluids, such as coffee, fizzy drinks, and alcohol can act as diuretics, meaning they can increase your urinary frequency. Diuretics increase the amount of salt and water that comes out of your kidneys, making you pee more in the process. Even though tea and coffee can boost your overall fluid consumption (and help you make it through the day without banging your head against your desk), decreasing their intake may help you pee less often.

Why Am I Going to the Toilet More?

Other than the amount or type of fluid that you drink, there are several conditions that can contribute to your toilet trips, these include:

  • Overactive Bladder syndrome - As fluid fills in your bladder, nerve signals that are sent from your bladder to your brain typically trigger your pelvic floor and urethra muscles to relax. This allows your bladder to contract and push urine out. If you suffer from Overactive Bladder, the muscles in the bladder involuntarily contract, even when it’s not full.

  • UTI – Urinary Tract Infections occur when bacteria flourishes. It can be from overflow issues (where small amounts of urine stay behind when you pee) and also from your bowel, where bowel matter makes its way to your bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys. Most UTIs occur in the bladder. In response to the infection, your bladder becomes inflamed and irritated, which can make you feel like you have to go to the toilet 24/7 even if you don’t actually have much urine in your system. If you suffer from a UTI, you can obtain over-the-counter medication or see a doctor for antibiotics to clear the infection. If you decide to wait it out untreated, a UTI can progress into a kidney infection, which can be extremely painful and potentially life threatening. It you have recurring UTI's, you will need to see your physician and inform them of this, as recurring UTI's can be an indication of other underlying medical conditions.

  • Pelvic Floor Disorder – Pelvic floor disorder is the umbrella term for disorders that result from having a weakened or injured pelvic floor. The most common pelvic floor disorders include pelvic organ prolapse and bowel and bladder control problems.

  • Interstitial Cystitis – Also known as painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis can cause strong urges to urinate. Along with a persistent need to pee this condition can cause discomfort while your bladder fills up, pain in your pelvis or between your vagina and anus, and pain during sex.

How Can I Cut my Toilet Trips Down?

It’s important that you and your doctor diagnose the cause of your excessive toilet trips before attempting treatment. Some methods that can reduce the number of trips you make to the toilet include:

  • Kegels!Pelvic floor exercises are a guaranteed way for relieving symptoms for anyone suffering with a pelvic floor disorder. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help you gain control over your bladder and bowel. If you struggle to engage your pelvic floor muscles, try using a resistance tool to work against. Physical therapist, Isa Herrera* (Physiotherapist and a men & women's pelvic health expert based in New York), says you can “normalise the bladder by doing Kegels… holding a Kegel for 15 seconds increases frontal lobe activity, and in this area is where the voluntary inhibitory system for peeing lives, so when you do a Kegel and you hold, it tells your brain ‘I don’t have to pee right now’.”

  • Bladder diary – Using a bladder diary can help you understand your overactive bladder. It’s helpful to track the quantity of liquids you drink and when, how often you urinate and how much urine is produced, and how much urine you leak. Get your FREE Bladder Diary (compiled by Beta Marketing).

  • Bladder retraining – You may have to retrain your bladder in order to cut down the number of trips to the toilet you make per day. Isa Herrera notes that “You can’t give in every time you need to urinate, because it’s going to throw your reflexes off, and it’s going to throw off the rhythm of the bladder.” Get a FREE Bladder Retraining Guide (compiled by Beta Marketing).

  • Exclude bladder irritants – Physical therapist, Isa Herrera, also states that you should “avoid all bladder irritants to get your bladder 100% under control. Eliminate carbonated soda, lemon in the water, even chocolate is a big bladder irritant. Others include tomato sauces, coffee, caffeinated tea.”

If you feel concerned and are not sure as to what exactly is going on with your bladder, don't ignore it, go see your doctor. Once you know what's going on, you can find out more about your issue or condition. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that medication and surgery are not the only options. That yes, you may still require some meds but in conjuction with them you could use a number of conservative therapies like lifestyle changes and pelvic floor exercises and find that this combination could give you back the control you desire.

If you don't have time for manual Kegels or you feel you don't have the motivation to follow through with them or you can't form a proper pelvic floor contraction you could choose to:

  • Use an electronic pelvic exerciser/toner like the Kegel8 V for Men and the Ultra 20 for women which enables you to get it done in one easy session a day.

  • Go to a Physiotherapist that specialises in men and women's pelvic health and after your full treatment use an electronic toner/exerciser to maintain the pelvic floor strength you gained.

Just know that whatever you choose to do, will be better than doing nothing!


*Isa Herrera check out her FB page here


Original article: Kegel8 website

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