7 Home Remedies for Alleviating Frequent Urination

Updated on January 6th, 2020

Frequent urination is not a serious health condition. It is a case of you visiting the lavatory at a much higher frequency than the average human. Frequent urination is often confused with urinary incontinence, which in layman terms means poor bladder control. Frequent urination is quite different from urinary incontinence.

In simple terms, it is the repeated need to pee urgently. Increased urination frequency is often triggered by hormonal stress. Other reasons for frequent urination include anxiety, overconsumption of caffeine or alcohol, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, over-medicating yourself with diuretics, and many more.

Another reason for frequent urination is overactive bladder or OAB. According to research(1), more than 30% of men and 40% of women in the United States exhibit some forms of OAB symptoms.

This short article will help you understand the signs and symptoms of frequent urination, learn home remedies for reducing it, and comprehend how these home remedies for frequent urination can be used effectively.

Did You Know!

  •  UTIs are a common cause of Frequent Urination. According to estimates.
  • 50-60% of women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime.

Several experts believe that going to the washroom for more than 8 times over a 24-hour duration can be classified as ‘Frequent Urination.’ The biggest symptom of frequent urination is a sudden, overwhelming urge to go to the washroom and the perception that you may leak if you don’t go. Please note that the perception of leakage does not necessarily imply poor bladder control.

One of the most common causes of Frequent Urination is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Other symptoms of frequent urination include pain while urinating. Sometimes, a gradual waning of your bladder control, increased thirst or appetite, fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea, and lower back pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Frequent Urina

If your frequent urination is caused by an overactive bladder (OAB), you may or may not display some or all of the aforementioned symptoms.

Serious symptoms may include urinal bleeding, at which point, it’s advised that you visit a doctor.

If the symptoms are mild, and you just have a frequent urge to go, then there are some great home remedies that you can try to reduce that urge and make your overactive bladder less active.

Treating Frequent Urination with Home Remedies

1. Green Tea

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Why does it work?

Green tea(1) is useful in those cases where your frequent urination is caused by a UTI or a urinary tract infection. The tea contains tannins, which have strong antimicrobial properties, making it a great home remedy to fight the infection.

How to use it and how much?

You can consume green tea orally. Mix a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Filter it through a sieve and add a small amount of honey to create some delicious green tea. You can drink it twice a day.

Remember that green tea won’t be of much help if your frequent urination is a consequence of some other condition rather than a UTI. The tea is a powerful diuretic, so it may increase your frequency of urination in cases other than UTIs.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Why does it work?

Apple Cider Vinegar for frequent urination is an age-old home remedy. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial characteristics that make it very effective for reducing frequent urination caused by UTIs and overactive bladder in general. The acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar also reduces the chances of further infections.

How to use it and how much?

You can mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water, mix well and consume orally. This ritual can be carried out once daily.

3. Yogurt

Why does it work?

Probiotic yogurt contains good bacteria that help your stomach fight infections. Yogurt is also good for cases of a urinary tract infection. It can be a good remedy for frequent urination in a child.

How to use it and how much?

You can consume a bowl of yogurt daily. Remember to check the label for ‘probiotic.’

4. Baking Soda

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Why does it work?

Chemically baking soda(2) is basic in nature. Therefore, it carries the natural ability to neutralize acids. The alkaline nature of baking soda increases the pH value of your urine, making it alkaline.

How to use it and how much?

You can make a mixture of baking soda (half a teaspoon) in a glass of water and drink it once every day.

5. Basil Leaves

Why does it work?

Besides Turmeric, Basil or Tulsi, as it is popularly known, is another wonderful medicinal herb, which functions great as a home remedy.  While turmeric and frequent urination are like chalk and cheese, and turmeric can, at times, exacerbate frequent urination, basil is a good cure for it.

Blessed with anti-oxidizing properties, basil leaves help in the elimination of toxins from the body. Furthermore, the leaves also have antimicrobial characteristics, thereby making them an effective home remedy for urinary tract infections.

How to use it and how much?

Take 8-10 basil leaves, crush them to extract the juice, dilute the extract with a very small amount of water, add two teaspoons of honey, and consume the mixture. This process can be carried out once every morning. Ensure that you have an empty stomach when you consume the mixture.

6. Cranberry Juice

Why does it work?

Scientists who have studied about cranberry juice are aware of proanthocyanidins, a difficult word to pronounce, but it is incredibly effective. It possesses naturally-occurring antioxidants and anti-adhesives. Proanthocyanidins make cranberry juice a great home remedy to reduce frequent urination.

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The proanthocyanidins molecules with their anti-adhesive characteristics prevent the infecting bacteria from residing along the walls of the urinary tract, thereby treating the infection and reducing the frequent urination. Cranberry juice is one of the better remedies for frequent urination at night.

How to use it and how much?

A cup of cranberry juice can be consumed once or twice a day. Just make sure not to add any sweeteners to the juice.

7. Saw Palmetto

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Why does it work?

Saw palmetto(3) is useful for reducing frequent urination in men and women alike. In men, it helps decrease the urge to urinate by alleviating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. For women, saw palmetto assists in treating infections of the urinary tract and bladder.

How to use it and how much?

Saw palmetto could be consumed orally as a tea. Mix a teaspoon of saw palmetto tea with a cup of hot water and a teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture steep for 5-7 minutes, filter it, and drink. You can drink this tea 2-3 times a day.

Frequent Urination may sound like a nonchalant embarrassing thing, but it can be a source of immense discomfort for people afflicted by it. Often it is caused by a urinary tract infection.

Sometimes it may be a symptom of something more serious, in which case a doctor consult may be needed. Using home remedies effectively can be a great way of reducing the frequency of urination and stopping it from developing into a full-blown infection or a serious condition.


FAQs

1. What Are the Causes of Frequent Urination?

Frequent urination is often triggered by hormonal stress. One of the most common causes of Frequent Urination is a Urinary Tract Infection, commonly known as a UTI. Other reasons for frequent urination include anxiety, overconsumption of caffeine or alcohol, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, over-medicating yourself with diuretics, and many more.

2. Is Frequent Urination a Result of Poor Bladder Control?

Frequent urination is often confused with urinary incontinence or poor bladder control. Frequent urination is quite different from urinary incontinence. In very simple terms, frequent urination is the repeated need to pee urgently. A common symptom of frequent urination is a sudden, overwhelming urge to go to the washroom and the perception that you may leak if you don’t go. Please note that the perception of leakage does not necessarily imply poor bladder control.

3. How Can I Reduce Frequent Urination at Home?

Multiple effective home remedies can be used to reduce frequent urination. Consuming cranberry juice, drinking green tea, basil (tulsi) tea, or saw palmetto tea, eating probiotic yogurt, and orally consuming mixtures of baking soda or apple cider vinegar are good home remedies that you can use to reduce frequent urination.

 

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