Are Your Peeing Habits Normal? Take This Quiz to Find Out

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What is the maximum amount of urine your bladder can hold?

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Fill ‘er up!

Your bladder is a muscular, balloon-shaped organ that expands when it fills with urine. A normal bladder can hold about 1.5 to 2 cups of urine at one time.

Every day, the kidneys produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine, which gets transferred to the bladder. How often you pee throughout the day depends on how quickly the kidneys produce the urine that fills the bladder.

Your bladder muscles remain relaxed as the bladder fills up. As soon as the urine reaches a certain point in the bladder, nerves in your bladder send signals to your brain to tell you to find a toilet ASAP. Sometimes, however, those nerve signals reduce or become unpredictable. This can trigger an urge to pee even when the bladder is nearly empty, which is a sign of overactive bladder.


Which of these can increase your risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

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Does it burn when you pee? Here’s what it could be!

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection caused by bacteria that have entered the urinary tract. Women are at an increased risk simply because of their anatomy down there (sorry, ladies).

Women have a shorter urethra than men, which means bacteria have a shorter distance to travel to reach and infect a woman’s bladder. In women, the opening to the urethra is also closer to the rectum, where those bacteria can live. Because women wipe after peeing, this can cause this bacteria to travel more easily into the urethra (which is why women should always wipe front to back).

A UTI is not a sexually transmitted disease, but having sex can increase your risk of developing a UTI—for both men and women. That’s because all that friction, er, down there, can help bacteria transfer into the urethra. An easy fix? Make it a habit to pee shortly after getting busy to flush away bacteria that might have entered your urethra during sex.

While there is some research showing that cranberry juice may help prevent UTIs, there isn’t enough evidence to justify drinking a ton of it to lower your risk. If you get a UTI, it’s more likely because you accidentally wiped from back to front, didn’t pee after sex, or held your pee too long, not because you didn’t drink enough cranberry juice.


Which of these foods can make overactive bladder worse?

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Nix these eats to beat OAB

If you have overactive bladder, certain foods or drinks can send you to the bathroom more frequently.

Caffeine: Anything with caffeine, like coffee, tea, or even chocolate (sorry), can increase your urge to go. Not only does caffeine irritate the bladder, but it’s also a diuretic, which increases urine production (alcohol is a diuretic too). Gotta have some joe? Try keeping your caffeine intake to fewer than 100 milligrams a day. That’s one cup (8 ounces) of regular coffee, or two cups (16 ounces) of black tea.

Acidic foods: Citrus fruits, like oranges or grapefruits, are very acidic and can bother your bladder.

Spicy foods: A couple extra drops of hot sauce can really elevate a taco, but it may also irritate the bladder lining.

Here are more foods that can make overactive bladder worse:


There’s no such thing as having a small bladder.

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It’s all about sensitivity.

Small bladders don’t exist (unless you’re a baby). A typical adult bladder can hold about 1.5 to 2 cups of fluid. (An exception to this rule is for those who have had part of their bladders surgically removed, like for cancer treatment.)

If someone says they have a small bladder, what they probably have is a sensitive bladder. A normal bladder will send a signal to the brain that it’s time to go to the bathroom once it fills to a certain point. Someone with a sensitive bladder may feel that urge to pee much sooner than other people would, even when their bladder still has room left. This is also a sign of overactive bladder, when the muscles may signal the need to pee when the bladder is empty.


If you pee a little when you cough or sneeze, which of the following can help?

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Peeing in your pants a little, while embarrassing, is totally normal. It’s called stress incontinence, when the bladder leaks urine while under increased pressure, like when you exercise, lift something heavy, sneeze (we’ll call it peezing), or you’re having sex.

Stress incontinence is not something you just have to suffer through. Treatments for stress incontinence usually include lifestyle or behavior changes, and in more serious cases, surgery. Here are some lifestyle tweaks that can help:

Empty your bladder often. As a precaution, head to the bathroom often, especially right before lifting heavy objects, exercising, or having sex. It’s also important to urinate when you first feel the urge—don’t hold it. This may help reduce the amount of urine that leaks.

Do Kegel exercises. Kegels help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles so they’re better able to close the urethra in moments of stress (like coughing or sneezing).

Drink the *right* amount of fluid. If you drink large amounts of fluid, you may find that cutting back will reduce your leakage. However, if you don’t drink enough fluid, your urine may become concentrated, which can irritate your bladder and increase the urgency to urinate.


You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day for a healthy bladder.

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There’s no ideal amount of H2O.

Don’t fall for the old myth that you need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. The truth is, every body is different, and the amount of water you need to drink depends on a variety of factors.

For example, athletes or people who live in hot, sunny climates will need to drink more to replenish fluids lost from sweating.

Another thing: You get a lot of your fluids (around 20%, in fact) just from your diet—think fruits, veggies, soups, and such.

So how do you know how much water you need to drink? Instead of tracking how many glasses you drink every day, let thirst be your guide. Drink when you feel thirsty, and sip your water throughout the day instead of all at once. If you’re really struggling to hold your bladder for the ideal two hours, try cutting down your water by 25%. (That’s like three glasses of water instead of four, FYI.)


Which one of these conditions means a person tends to urinate often throughout the night?

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Nocturi … ugh

If you go to the bathroom twice before hitting the sheets just to be 100% sure that you won’t have to get up again when you’re cozy in bed (because getting out of bed is the actual worst), that could be a sign of nocturia, or frequent nighttime voiding. Nocturia is one of the four symptoms of overactive bladder—the others being having to pee suddenly, having to pee often, and sometimes leaking a little pee unexpectedly.

Most people can sleep through the night without urinating, but more than one-third of adults suffering from nocturia make at least two trips to the bathroom every night.

Here’s how to know if your frequent nighttime pee trips mean you have overactive bladder:


If your pee is clear and colorless, that means you’re properly hydrated.

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Whoa there, water guzzler!

Sorry to break it to you, but there’s actually such a thing as drinking too much water, and having a toilet full of colorless pee is sign of it.

Even though it’s rare (because your kidneys have your back), over-hydration, or water intoxication, can decrease sodium in the blood which can cause an electrolyte imbalance.

A good sign you’ve been rocking the hydration game? If your pee is a pale, transparent yellow.

Learn more about what your pee color means:

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Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: May 11, 2018
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