How often should you pee?

Pee frequency can be affected by a number of factors.

Story highlights

  • Most people urinate four to seven times during a day
  • You can retrain your bladder by delaying peeing until the urge becomes strong

Do you get up to pee twice as often as your co-workers? Or maybe you're the type of person who can go hours without a bathroom break, no matter how much water you down. Pee patterns seem to run the gamut from high frequency to hardly ever—which made us wonder, What's a normal number of times to go in a day? (You can laugh now, but you'll thank us later!) We tapped ob-gyn Neil Grafstein, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, to answer that question, plus a few more.

    How often should we be peeing?

    "Most people urinate four to seven times during a day," says Dr. Grafstein, but there's really no magic number. Your pee frequency is influenced by factors beyond how hydrated you are, he explains, including the types of fluids you're drinking: "Caffeine and alcohol are bladder irritants, so they cause you to urinate more frequently." The sensitivity of your bladder also plays a role. Some people heed the call of nature at the slightest urge; while others don't feel the need to empty their bladder until its fuller.

    Is it possible to train your bladder?

    Yes, says Dr. Grafstein, as long as you don't have any underlying incontinence issues. You can retrain your bladder by delaying peeing until the urge becomes strong. "A little sensitivity does not have to be responded to all the time," he says. Certain professionals who aren't able to get to the bathroom often (think surgeons and teachers) end up doing this naturally.

    But isn't holding it bad for you?