Of course I want the décor, music, and lighting to be decent when I go out, but what matters most is the washroom. If it’s not nice, I’m going to be very upset. That’s because if I’m drinking, there’s a good chance I’m going to be spending at least half my night in the bathroom, peeing. And I’m not alone. Most of us pee frequently when we’re consuming alcohol, and according to my observations, experiences, and research, women pee more frequently than men.
I’m tired of dates where I have to excuse myself after every beer and a half to use the washroom. No, seriously. This happens all the time, and what’s annoying is that the guy has to go only half the times compared to me, no matter how much he’s had! And of course, his washroom trips are always much shorter than mine. Women have to wait in long lines and not to forget, our entire process of urinating is longer as well. But coming back to the topic at hand, do women really pee more frequently than men? Is there any truth to this?
While there aren’t too many studies dedicated to uncovering this phenomenon, there are some facts that help us get a better understanding of why women usually pee more than men – especially while drinking.
Here’s what science and biology say!
-The urethra is the thin tube that carries the urine from the bladder to out of the body, during urination. Women have relatively short urethras as compared to men. While it's just 4 cm long for the average women, the urethras approximately 20 cm in length for men. For women, the only function of the urethra is to carry the urine outside the body but for men, the urethra has to carry the urine outside the body during urination and the sperm out of the body during ejaculation.
-Science writer Patricia Barnes-Svarney's 2012 book "Why Do Women Crave More Sex in the Summer?: 112 Questions That Women Keep Asking- and That Keep Everyone Else Guessing" suggests that women need to pee more because there's more in the way (the female reproductive system and female fat distribution)
-Fitzgerald, Stablein, and Brubaker (2002) evaluated voiding diaries (a daily record of the patient's fluid input and urinary output) in 300 women with differing racial and ethnic backgrounds and reported that the median voided volume was 330 ml. Latini, Mueller, Lux, Fitzgerald, and Kreder (2004) analyzed multiple variables from voiding diaries in 284 men without bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms and found that the median voided volume was 382 ml.
Of course, alcohol by itself makes us pee more, regardless of our gender. That’s because it suppresses anti-diuretic hormone (ADH), so the kidneys return less urine to the blood and allow more to exit as urine. It also stimulates the bladder!
So the next time you’re on a date and she goes to pee every 15 minutes , it’s not because she’s weak or has low capacity – it’s literally how her body was made! I’m definitely going to be throwing these facts around next time I’m on a date and have to go make one or ten bathroom runs – give them something to ponder about!