Peeing FAQs

We tend to take peeing for granted. Something easy is described as 'a piece of piss'. But it's not such a simple business. Sometimes it happens when you don't want it to. Other times you can't go even when your bladder's bursting.

When the Men's Health Forum did a wee survey, we got more replies than we've ever had before to a snap survey.

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 infection. 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.

I don't pee out of the end of my penis but out of a hole at the side?

This may mean you have a condition called hypospadias. Hypospadias is a condition you are born with that means you ejaculate and pee through the side of your penis. More information can be found at our hypospadias FAQ page.

I have trouble peeing what is wrong?

This is most likely to be one of two things it may mean you have a problem with your prostate or that you have a condition called paruresis. Either way head to your GP and they can help further.


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Date published 02/04/14
Date of last review 02/04/14
Date of next review 02/04/17


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