We tend to take peeing for granted. Something easy is described as 'a piece of piss'. But it's not always such a simple business. Sometimes it happens when you don't want it to. Other times you can't go even through your bladder's bursting.
When malehealth did a wee survey, we got more replies than we've ever had before to a snap survey.
- 2% said they often wet themselves. 18% said it happened sometimes. (See Incontinence: 'I'd rather admit I can't get it up')
- 22% said they were often unable to piss because there seemed to be too many other people around. 35% said it happened sometimes. (See Paruresis: are you dying for a pee?)
Why do I have blood in my urine?
Is it definitely blood? If you have not been drinking enough water your urine can begin to look brown. Certain foods, like beetroot or certain drugs can also make your urine change colour.
A heavy work-out can cause the urine to look red. It's not actually blood but if it happens while you're exercising or keeps happening you'll want to see your doctor.
If it is blood and it keeps appearing in your urine it could be an infection of the urinary tract or it could be the sign of something more serious such as a prostate problem. See your doctor and try to take a urine sample.
Why does it sting when I pee?
This could also be a mild infection or a sign of a prostate or kidney problem. It could also be a sign of a sexually transmitted disease. If it persists, see your doctor.
Do I piss too often?
Only you know what has been normal for you in the past and obviously, if you drink more you will urinate more but as a very general rule of thumb, a man peeing 3-5 times a day and no more than once at night is doing OK. If you are peeing more often or have other symptoms such as pain, a slow start, a weak or intermittent flow, a trickly finish or a feeling that you haven't finished when you have or you are urinating when you don't intend to then you should see your doctor. It may be a sign of something more serious like a prostate problem or diabetes.
Page created on August 4th, 2004
Page updated on April 7th, 2010