Why is urinating called peeing

Can you pee too much? Yes! And that's why

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Even if urination seems normal, the anxiety about passing the same colleague several times a day when going to the toilet can increase quickly. Is there such a thing as "urinating too much"?
"Yes, there is," says Dr. Raquel B. Dardik, a gynecologist at New York University's Langone Medical Center. But the constant need to urinate is nothing to worry about.
If you are concerned about how often you have the urge, you should first consider what "often" really means to you. Dr. Dardik says: "Some people really urinate more often than others, but there is no fixed unit of how many times a day or an hour could be called 'too often'." The opposite is the case, she says, "a sudden one Changing the rhythm of going to the toilet is more of a sure sign that something is wrong. "
But even then, the frequent urge to urinate is a surprisingly complex process and may simply be due to the fact that you have increased your water intake. We'll now name a few ways why you have to pee so much and what you might be able to do about it.
Constant sipping
If you're the type of person who habitually carries a bottle of water, sipping coffee, or enjoying a cocktail or two at happy hour, you may not be aware of how often you top up your tank. "One of the biggest weaknesses is actually the good and healthy habit of drinking water," says Dr. Dardik. "Young women have healthy kidneys that filter the water quickly." So constant drinking is not a weak point, but regular use of the toilet is the price you pay for it. It's best seen as a small reminder to get up from your desk every now and then.
An infection
What could have happened if - as feared - you have to go to the toilet particularly often? The most obvious reason, especially in sexually active teenagers and young women in their twenties, is a urinary tract infection, also known as cystitis. Dr. Dardik explains that these are usually associated with known symptoms such as pain or a burning sensation when urinating. So most women get treatment quickly.
"But if it is a rather mild cystitis," explains Dr. Dardik, “it could be that you just feel an urge to urinate that starts more often than normal and you have the feeling that you have to go to the toilet more than usual. In that case, you don't necessarily see the reason that bacteria have crept in and are irritating the bladder. "
Fortunately, these infections, mild or serious, can be treated with the appropriate antibiotic. As a preventive measure, remember to urinate right after sex.
Overactive bladder
Normally, the muscles stretch when the bladder fills and the urge to urinate is reported to the brain through appropriate receptors. In an overactive bladder, on the other hand, the smallest stretching is already registered by the receptors and the message is sent even though the bladder is not yet full. Dr. Dardik says: "And the most frustrating thing about it is that you feel like you have to go to the toilet straight away."
Researchers are still investigating the causes of such a reaction in the bladder. "For some this is a permanent problem," says Dr. Dardik. "But for others it is a minor problem that is overshadowed by stress, for example."
If a doctor thinks you have an overactive bladder, they may recommend testing to rule out other causes. Treatment includes medication or certain behavioral changes, such as monitoring fluids or doing Kegel exercises, as a strong pelvic floor may help. These treatments are based on the severity of the symptoms. If necessary, a referral can also be made to a specialist.


Oh yeah, one more thing about hormones! The "ebb and flow" of your reproductive hormones can also affect the functioning of your bladder. This could be reflected in how often you use the toilet when you have your periods, approaching menopause, or are pregnant. Dr. Dardik explains that researchers haven't figured out the real reason for this yet, but hormones play a role in a woman.
Other, rare causes
Causes such as uterine fibroids, which press on the bladder and cause an urge to urinate, are rather rare. Usually, such cysts do not cause symptoms and grow back on their own. However, if there are symptoms due to its extraordinary size, the contraceptive pill often helps to shrink it in or a surgical procedure to remove it.
Frequent urination could also be a symptom of more serious causes such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Therefore, a frequent urge to pee should not be ignored. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned again that these causes are rather rare.
To do something?
If one is concerned, Dr. Dardik kept the record of urination for a period of two to three days. This helps in recognizing a behavior pattern that would otherwise remain undetected. Do you pee between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. based on your coffee consumption? Or does the problem arise entirely at night or on a stress-free weekend?
These tips will help pinpoint the problem. Be it in relation to your bladder, a certain environment or something completely different. And this data is of great help to a doctor. Your doctor will likely ask you for these records first anyway. Dr. Dardik says: "Well, armed with this data when you go to the doctor, you can only speed things up."
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