Can Cranberry Juice Make You Urinate More?
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Cranberry is well-known as an alternative remedy for a urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI or bladder infection. However, in certain circumstances, cranberry juice may actually increase symptoms of bladder discomfort and frequency or urgency with urination. Drinking cranberry juice also has the potential to increase your urine output or bladder irritation. Consult your doctor for advice regarding any unusual urinary symptoms.
Urinary tract infections are more common in women than in men, and seniors in residential care facilities often experience them. If you are suffering from a UTI, you will likely experience symptoms including pain on urination, a sensation of needing to urinate most or all of the time, and urinating more often than is usual for you. MayoClinic.com indicates that cranberry juice is only potentially effective as a preventative measure for UTIs. Once you have an infection, drinking cranberry juice may irritate your bladder more due to its acidic content. Additionally, the juice may increase your sense of urinary urgency and the number of times or amount you need to urinate.
Interstitial cystitis is a common yet frequently misdiagnosed bladder condition, also referred to as painful bladder syndrome. The symptoms of interstitial cystitis are commonly mistaken for those of a UTI; however, interstitial cystitis tends to continue or recur over a period of years. A need to urinate frequently is a common symptom of interstitial cystitis, and certain foods are more likely than others to worsen these urinary symptoms. According to the Interstitial Cystitis Network, cranberry juice is in the category of foods most likely to cause bladder irritation and worsening of symptoms. If cranberry juice does aggravate your IC symptoms, an increase in urinary frequency is likely.