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Is Your Bladder Trying to Tell You Something?

8 cues that you might have a urinary system problem

By , Caring.com contributing editor
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We use the bathroom every day without thinking much about it -- but sometimes it's worth paying closer attention. The bladder is an organ that can reveal plenty about your inner health. What's yours saying to you?

Listen to the following common messages from the bladder. All warrant checking in with your doctor, who might also refer you to a urologist (specialist in the urinary tract). These symptoms can be critical to diagnosing many treatable urinary problems and urinary incontinence.

Going to the bathroom too often?

How often is too often, considering that the average adult voids about a quart and a half of urine a day? Most doctors consider more than eight trips to the bathroom in a day as a sign of an overactive bladder, also called urge incontinence.

Even if you can't produce much, it's the frequency of desire that's a red flag. For some people, frequent bathroom stops can become an obsessive habit (like frequent hand washing or hair brushing), but with urge incontinence, you feel you physically must go.