If you, family or friends are experiencing discomfort when urinating, that cup of coffee, soda drink or energy drink could be to blame.

Right here in Northeast Georgia, coffee consumption has increased since just 10 years ago. Young and old alike are consumer more coffee whether purchased from the neighborhood café or made in the new personalized home coffee machines.

That morning cup of java might wake you up, but caffeine in particular is known to cause bladder irritation and worsen urinary tract symptoms.

Caffeine is a diuretic and a bladder stimulant that can cause a sudden need to urinate. After consuming a cup of coffee or drinking down a can of cola, the caffeine is passed quickly to the brain and does not collect in the bloodstream or get stored in the body. However, the caffeine exits your body several hours later in the urine.

Because caffeine is a diuretic, it can lead to dehydration. I can also cause temporary incontinence or leakage.

Women especially might want to re-think that cup of coffee. A research study conducted at the University of Alabama Medical School found that women who consume three or more cups of coffee a day have a 70% higher likelihood of having a bladder problem.

Urinary frequency can also be affected by caffeine, especially if you drink caffeine within a few hours of going to bed at night. Caffeine stimulates the urgency to go and some evening consumers of a hot cup of coffee at night, wake up with an urge to rush quickly to the bathroom.

Sodas don’t actually cause bladder or urinary tract infections, but they have been found to cause bladder irritation in people with chronic bladder inSlammation. In particular, citrus-Slavored sodas like the lemon-lime concoctions are often found to be the cause-agent for bladder irritation.

And as far as energy drinks are concerned, there’s actually more caffeine in the Dunkin’ Doughnut and Starbucks Coffee than that can of Red Bull, but they too can cause bladder irritation and worsen urinary track symptoms.

While not sporting the image of quick energy, if you are prone to bladder infections, you should probably choose to drink water instead. And the Institute of Medicine suggests that men consumer about 13 cups of total beverage in a day an women consumer a total of about 9 cups of total beverage a day.