Urination Frequency

Urination Frequency - people urinate within a certain frequency and volume each day, and that is their urination frequency. It varies for different people. Many factors can dictate what rate is right for you. Women tend to go through shorter intervals before needing to relieve themselves while men tend to go longer. If the frequency goes up or down, it can be an early sign of a lifestyle, environmental or health change.

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Normal Frequency Urination

The amount of urine produced depends on numerous factors including the size of the person, hydration level, activity level, environmental factors, and health. Adult humans average about 1-2L/day. Men tend to produce more urine while women tend to produce less urine, but urinate more frequently due to the smaller sizes of their bladders.

Keep in mind, the suggested normal range is a very rough guide. If your body is used to a certain lifestyle or diet, which can cause you to have to go to the bathroom on the high or low end of the "normal" range, it is probably ok. What you want to do is watch for changes or unusual symptoms.

High Frequency Urination

Polyuria is a condition of excessive production of urine (> 2.5 L/day). Common causes of frequent urination are various forms of diabetes and conditions like Polycystic kidney disease, Sickle cell disease, Pyelonephritis, Amyloidosis, Sjogren syndrome, and Myeloma. Taking some medications can also cause frequent urination. In case of serious urinary problems, urine may contain blood (Hematuria).

The frequency of urination can also be affected by drugs called diuretics which increase urination frequency.

Low Frequency Urination

People who are seeing a decrease in urination frequency may be experiencing Oliguria which is urine output of less than 400mL or Anuria which is an even smaller excretion of urine - less than 100 mL per day. Decrease in urination may be attributed to blockages of the urinary tract, kidney problems, or complete kidney failure.

Testing and Diagnosing Abnormalities

If you experience unusual symptoms with your micturition, do not become alarmed right away. Most of the time, symptoms are caused by temporary lifestyle or diet changes which go away after you resume your regular diet or activities. If the symptoms persist over a few days or worsen, you have a number of options for diagnosing the root of the problem. The simplest test is an over the counter urine dipstick test that you can buy at any local pharmacy. The test will show you whether you have a chemical imbalance in your urine.

To get a correct diagnosis for why you may have some chemical imbalance in your pee, you should consult with a healthcare professional who specialized in urology. The healthcare professional can prescribe you to take more tests or give you a diagnosis along with treatment options.

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