Have you ever had a day when you were super busy — rushing from meeting to meeting, picking the kids up from school or daycare, running to the grocery store, getting other errands and chores done — only to realize you haven't peed for hours? Certainly it's not just me. You probably don't normally pay a whole lot of attention to how often you pee over the course of a normal day, but you may actually be ignoring some weird signs that you're not peeing enough.
Although the exact number of bathroom breaks that you should take each day can vary based on a number of different factors (including, obviously, how much you've had to drink), OB-GYN Dr. Neil Grafstein told Health that most healthy adults pee four to seven times per day. Many adults average right around seven, however going a little more often or a little less frequently probably isn't cause for concern. If you're going all the time or not at all, that could be a sign of some other underlying issues that warrant a talk with your doctor. Although these signs that you aren't peeing enough may be solved simply with drinking more water, if you're concerned, it's better to talk to your doctor than to ignore it. Your body relies on adequate hydration and lots of fluids and peeing is one way your body excretes things you don't need, so going often enough is important for your overall health.
1. Your Urine Is Bright Yellow
You've heard this one before; if your urine is brightly colored, you're dehydrated. As it turns out, it's not really as straightforward as that. Although urine that is yellow, golden, or orange-tinted can hint at dehydration, according to WebMD, the color of your urine could also be affected by something you ate or a medication you took. Still, bright yellow or golden urine can point to the fact that you're not drinking enough water, as Dr. Gina Sam, director of the Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center, told Elle, which probably also means you're not peeing frequently enough.
2. You Get A UTI
If you regularly "hold it" rather than heading to the bathroom when you need to go, you could actually develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) or bladder infection. As Grafstein said in the aforementioned Health article, ignoring the urge to pee can make your bladder distended, which could cause an infection.
3. It Doesn't Take You Very Long To Go
How long it takes you to actually go can vary from person to person as well as from one trip to the bathroom to the next. So if you pee for longer or shorter than other people, don't worry too much. However, Dr. Benjamin Brucker, assistant professor of urology at New York University Langone Medical Center, told BuzzFeed Life that if you felt like you really needed to go and then it only took a second or two, it could be a sign of an infection.
4. You Have Anxiety
According to the website, Calm Clinic, shy bladder syndrome (also called parauresis) can, grow to become an anxiety of peeing if people are even in the same area or building as them. Although it's obviously extreme, this sort of anxiety could result in people not peeing frequently enough.
5. You Have An Enlarged Prostate
Obviously, this one's only for the men. Prostates can enlarge without it being caused by cancer, but that enlargement may interfere with men's ability to urinate as frequently as they normally would, according to Healthline.
6. You're Not Peeing After Sex
Why is it important to pee after sex? According to the aforementioned BuzzFeed article, bacteria naturally found in the vagina can get pushed into the urethra and up towards the bladder during sex, which could cause an infection if left alone. Peeing after sex can help flush the bacteria out and prevent a UTI or bladder infection. Men should considering peeing after sex as well, just in case.
7. You Feel Dehydrated
If you feel dehydrated, it's possible you are, which means you're not peeing enough. Staying hydrated keeps you physically and mentally healthy, so if you haven't peed in a while and you're feeling sluggish, tired, or thirsty, grab that water bottle and fill it up.