Can you pee too much?Rivka Rossi

How many times a day is it normal to pee? Be real with me.

Before I divulge way too much personal information, I need you guys to ask yourself a few questions. How many times a day to you pee? Do you really drink water? Do you hate typing “pee” as much I do? I’m going to assume that somewhere out there, someone will understand me. Here you go… Guys, I pee so much. Like, it’s not even cute how much I pee. Not that peeing would even be considered cute, but whatever is going on here is not cute.

The worst part is that I barely drink water (I’m not bragging, it’s gross of me) but I don’t drink water because I’m afraid to pee more than I already do. I think it’s 86% percent mental (a percentage I made up), but it’s real. It’s not just, oh, you think you have to pee and then you don’t. It’s for real; my body is obsessed with peeing. I have Googled “How many times is it normal to pee?” so much that my search button just immediately goes to it. The answer: 8 times in a 24 hour period. Eight times? Honestly, that is by 11am for me (considering that I wake up at 6am, also imagine my pain).

This has started to affect my relationships and truly makes me self-conscious. Recently, on a sleepover with another human, I found myself doing what I always do, waiting for the other person to fall asleep and then get up 6-8 times throughout the night, hoping they don’t notice. Throughout the years I have been caught, but I always had a great excuse – “I drank SO MUCH JUICE TODAY” or “I’m not peeing, I’m talking to my cousins in ISRAEL, in privacy!”

This time was different; after the fourth adventure out of bed, my friend said to me, “That’s enough, you are not allowed to go anymore.” I honestly felt terror come over, like he was planning on kidnapping me from being me. I tried to laugh it off, but he was not kidding. Every time I would sneakily attempt to get up, there he was again, prepared to follow me and help me face this issue. I have never felt more scared. So scared that I literally started screaming, “THIS IS WHO I AM, ACCEPT ME.”

Have you ever had to defend your bodily functions? No, because it’s a super weird thing to have to do. I’m telling you, it happens and I want you all to be prepared to do something about it. I care about you guys. I now understand how new mothers feel sleep training their kids. It’s painful to watch the ones you love go through pain, but just like a baby doesn’t really need that pacifier, I don’t need to pee. Your mind will come up with a million reasons to get up. It even has a way of controlling your body in ways that is really upsetting. But you know what happened? The fear I felt sort of made me tired and I fell asleep and guess what, I didn’t get up to pee ’til morning. CURED? Nope, I’ll probably have to join a commune where they accept me or become some famous case study, but I am willing to change or go consult with a physician like an adult.

Please say someone else gets this? Also, any tips are highly recommended. There are no judgements here.

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  1. I peed four times while reading this article

  2. the same here! I always say I have a tiny bladder, that’s what I want to think, otherwise there’s no reason! omg once it was really embarrassing, I was in another city for a meeting together with my boss, in the afternoon we had to come back quickly because we had some other meetings in the office, but I had to pee before catching the train because I hate peeing in the train, and we still had 10 minutes, so I said I’ll be back in a minute, then the ladys was busy, but I really had to go! so I waited and my boss was calling me like crazy but I left my mobile with him and when I came back we had to run to catch the train, but we missed it and we had to call and say we are coming late because we missed the train and they couldn’t believe we were so irresponsible it was sooooooooooo embarrassing… fortunately my boss was quite understanding and said shit happens…

  3. Oh my gosh I have the same problem! I don’t pee in the middle of the night, thank goodness, but I do find myself having to use the bathroom a lot more than most! It’s like can’t I just drink half a bottle of water and not have to pee for 2 hours? I get lazy about it too and go into denial like oh maybe if I sit here long enough I’ll forget I have to pee or maybe I’m thinking about peeing and that’s making me have to pee. OK TMI. But I relate to you Sophia!

  4. I pee so much probably just as much as you and I feel your pain. But unlike you i drink a bunch if fluids. Hmm gotta go right now lol

  5. did you ever considered going to a doctor? Diabetical people are peeing so much, or an other health issue may be the reason!

  6. I’m exactly like you, it’s super annoying, but I got used to it. I pee like over 20 times a day, it sucks. I went to a doctor, he said I might have a type of diabetes, or some hormonal problem. I did a exam, and now I’m waiting for the result :x

  7. Ok… does anybody else have this problem, but with – ahem- going #2? I can hold my pee, but good lord, do I poo all the time! It is so embarrassing! I’m talking 5-10 times a day. And when I have to go, it is urgent and I really NEED to go. It’s actually been really disruptive in my life, because I don’t go anywhere anymore where there is not an easy access to the bathroom.
    My boyfriend tells me he’s going to put a toilet on top of the car and tie me up to it on car rides. lol Obviously he’s joking and he’s really not too bad about it but, I know it’s a little annoying to him and most of all it’s so annoying to me!
    I’ve seen my doctor and she says it’s just anxiety. I’ve been seeing a therapist who has been trying to help but it hasn’t been going very well… Any thoughts? =\

  8. This is pretty much my life story. It becomes especially apparent when I’m kicking back at the cinema. Because I have to like plan when to go, even how to drink my coke in moderation, so that the rest of the audience doesn’t think I have some serious medical problem cuz I get up to pee three times during one movie…

  9. My boyfriend says I have the bladder of an ant. I fully empathise with you, including the not drinking enough water part.

  10. I too have IC. I was misdiagnosed with bladder infections for years, thought I was crazy, etc. Finally I moved to a new province and my new doctor immediately mentioned it was a possibility and got me in the process to see a urologist. After changing my diet so that acids are very uncommon, cutting out lactose and cutting down on coffee (there’s no way in hell i can cut it out) things got better. The urologist put me on Elmiron, which I have to take three times a day, and it helps a lot. I’ve tried Vesicare and find it makes me sluggish and dull, so I don’t use it unless my pain is high. When you go to the doctor mention to him or her that you think it could be IC, and if the doctor is unaware of the condition find another. Seriously, just go to a new doctor. If you get an ultrasound go intervaginal, because the pain of holding it for 90 minutes can be one of the most intense things ever. I hope you uncover whatever is causing your problems, and I urge all other fellow frequent pee-ers to recognize that it can be any number of factors, but not to discount your body and assume it is “in your head”

  11. I am not alone!!! I feel your pain, the only difference is that I drink a ton of water!!

  12. I pee all the time but I drink probably like 10 or 12 liters of water a day. I think we just have small bladders! Don’t be embarrassed, It’s pretty embarrassing on road trips when you have to stop all the time…but other than that..I’d rather pee a bunch than get a urinary tract infection!

  13. Have you ever heard of the CPC? It stands for Clear Pee Club, when one is putting there body through an unusual amount of physical activity (for example: My friend went on a hiking expedition along the Australian Outback. They slept in tents, hiked 14 hours a day, etc., etc.) The point of the CPC is to purify your body, specifically your bladder. One can only accomplish by drinking lots and lots of water. In drinking so much water, and peeing it out frequently, said person is filtering their body of a lot of bacteria and keeping itself fresh. The CPC is basically self explanatory, the point of it is to drink so much water that their pea has almost no color to it. By drinking more water than you have been, you won’t have to pee more than normal, you’ll just be peeing healthier. No matter what you drink, it still has to exit your body, thus your bodily functions. You say that you pee about 8 times by 11am? I am right along with you, sister. It happens. But denying yourself water due to your excessive peeing is not the answer. This summer I replaced all soda products and sugary drinks with water, my peeing actually reduced. By drinking more water you are helping your body. Your body can take the minerals and such else from the water, but by drinking soda you aren’t giving anything back to your body, so it has to dispose of all of it. My main suggestion is not to deprive yourself of your basic needs because of something you think is “weird.” Everyone’s a little weird, just in different ways.

  14. This post made me so bursting! Power of suggestion, arg! I am similar but my husband hardly ever pees so he doesn’t understand why I need so many stops on long journeys! Going to the doc is a good call but if there’s nothing wrong then just embrace it. I like to loudly announce “I HAVE TO PEE!” every time, the chances are that if you’re comfortable with it, no-one else will care. Unless, like me, you have made them need to get up out of bed to pee. Then they will be mildly disgruntled.

  15. Are you consuming diuretics? (Coffee, tea, caffeine?) I pee 472 times a day, too.

  16. Ummm funny that this is like the most popular article EVER! People care about PEEING – clearly. You should definitely post more articles Sophia – hope you go ok at the doctor!

  17. I was also diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. It all started with frequency symptoms and just having to run to the bathroom more often (1-1.5 hours even at night). Then I was in a situation where I had to hold it for 45 minutes and I started experiencing REAL pain. No matter how often I went the pain was still present. Doctors thought I had UTIs, bladder incontinence, kidney stones, etc. Finally, after a cystoctopy, I was diagnosed with IC. My big problem was when my 1st urologist put me on a medicine called Vesicare to.stop my frequency before he fully understood what was wrong with my body. I was going often but it was because my bladder was never emptying fully and therefore causing the IC to worsen. The Vesicare disable my bladder from contracting and emptying at all so the IC got worse and after 2 years I’m still retraining my bladder muscles to empty “normally.”
    My advice would be to seek a health care specialist who deals with woman issues. I
    was very fortunate to find a urologist/gynocologist. She has helped me tremendously. You can check out the IcNetwork online, not saying that you HAVE IC, but they are a great resource at finding doctors close to your area. I would definitely see your family doctor at least since you mentioned this is affecting your lifestyle. Also: DRINK WATER. This was a big mistake for me because the more dehydrated I got, the more painful going became. Try giving up soda, juice, coffee, etc. for a few days and just drink water. It might help dillute what you have? It sure helped me. Good luck!

  18. I don’t drink a ton of water but when I do et on the kick for water I seriously pee every 5 minutes. I had a friend ask me if my kidneys were ok and to my knowledge they are. Some days I’ll pee like 2 times and other times I’ll pee ALL day long. The worst is when I’m soo tired and I have to get up from my warm comfy bed to go pee. It is nothing to be ashamed of everyone is so different and your body just may have a small bladder as I swear that’s what’s wrong with me! You are never alone.

  19. Check out a condition called IC – it’s when the lining of your bladder is irritated and is an auto-immunity…almost like a UTI, but without an infection present. eating an alkaline diet helps, and as counterproductive as this seems, so does drinking A LOT of water. You’ll be diluting the “pee” that is hurting your precious bladder walls. worth a shot, it worked for me after suffering for YEARS and every doctor telling me “it was all in my head”

    • I was diagnosed with IC too – figuring out which foods ‘hurt’ my bladder the most was really helpful and I try to stay away from those. And figuring out how to manage my stress too! I still go more than everyone else I know but I don’t feel like my world revolves around going to the restroom anymore!

  20. Well, hon, you are not alone! I really gotta stress – Talk to your primary care physician! And there is good news, even if there is no ‘smoking gun’ cause like diabetes, you still have options. As the saying goes: “There’s a pill for that!” Several different pills, in fact. Your doctor may have to try different ones until one works for you. This could be a dietary thing, it you are a soda pop fiend like me, switching to regular chilled tap water may help. But you MUST talk to your physician! Right away. NOW!!!