Can Your Period Make You Pee More?

If you find you’re headed to the bathroom a lot more when you’re on your period, you’re not alone. Many women experience the need to urinate more often while they’re menstruating, and while most of the time it is nothing to be concerned about, frequent urination that is uncontrollable should be addressed with your doctor.

Is it normal to pee a lot during my period?

At the end of your cycle—usually a week or two before your period starts—progesterone increases. High progesterone levels increase fluid retention. Before you start your period, your progesterone levels drop, signalling your body to release all the fluids it’s been holding on to. This also explains why you might feel bloated during the week leading up to your period. So, yes! It is entirely normal to pee a lot during your period.

How often should I pee when I’m on my period?

There’s no “right” number of times to use the bathroom when you’re on your period. It all depends on your fluid intake, your stress and hormone levels, and your activity. However, it is considered “normal” to urinate about six to eight times a day when you’re not on your period, so if you’re a little more than that, say eight to ten times, that’s fine. If you’re finding you need to hurry to the bathroom more than that, you might want to chat with your doctor and see if there’s anything else going on.

I want to stop running to the bathroom so often! What can I do?

The easiest thing to do is watch what you’re drinking and eating. If you’re consuming a lot of caffeine during your period, you’re going to need to pee more often. So cut back on the caffeine if you can (at least for a few days). If you’re using caffeine to help with cramp pain (which a lot of women do!), try seeking relief with heating pads and a warm bath instead—and get some rest! 

Should I be worried about how much I’m peeing?

If all these bathroom trips are interrupting your day too much or interfering with life, then you might want to talk to your doctor. You could be experiencing an overactive bladder, which could be caused by weak muscles, nerve damage, alcohol or caffeine, infection, or obesity. It could also be an indication of a urinary tract infection or a yeast infection, which can be treated with antibiotics or antifungal medication if you talk to your doctor right away. If you have to go frequently and you often don’t make it to the bathroom in time, you might be experiencing incontinence or uterine prolapse—both serious conditions, so you should consult your physician as soon as you can. 

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Don’t stress if you find yourself heading to the bathroom two or three times more often when you’re on your period. It’s totally normal as your hormone levels rise and drop, and if you’re drinking a lot to stay hydrated. But if you find it’s interrupting your day and taking some of the pleasure out of life, snag some Proof Undies to help prevent embarrassing leaks, and talk to your physician about your concerns.

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