How long to pee after drinking water

How long does it take to pee after drinking water?

If you find yourself peeing shortly after drinking water or after a long time, you might be confused as to exactly how long it takes to pee after drinking water. There are a lot of factors that influence how long it takes for one to pee after drinking water. 

Sometimes it can depend on how much quantity of water was already in your bladder when you drank water. 

If your body is feeling dehydrated, it may take you some time to feel the urge to pee but if your body was very well hydrated by the time you drank the water then you may pee urgently or a very short time after drinking water. 

The weather can also affect how long it takes for you to pee after drinking water. To understand how these factors affect the duration of urinating, you first have to appreciate how urine is formed and how the body gets rid of it.

Let us, therefore, take a deeper look into how urine is formed, what factors affect urine formation, how long it takes to pee after drinking water, factors that disturb your peeing pattern, and other relevant information that can promote your bladder health.

How is urine formed in the body?

The kidneys are the organs in your body that are responsible for producing urine. When you take in water, the water passes through the esophagus and straight into the distant part of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). 

The water in the GIT is then reabsorbed into the blood to help transport important nutrients in the body. The blood circulates around the body and reaches the kidney where it is filtered through a process called ultrafiltration with the help of the bowman’s capsule.

Nephrons which are the functional unit of the kidney take in the filtrate and further absorb essential minerals, such as sodium, chloride, and other electrolytes. The rest of the filtrate that is not needed by the body is excreted through the kidneys. 

The kidneys are also able to regulate the amount of the essential minerals taken up by the body. As such, it reduces the uptake when the body already has enough of a mineral and increases the uptake when there are low levels of that mineral in the body.

Toxic products of metabolism (the chemical reactions in the body’s cells that change food into energy) like creatinine and ketone bodies which are also not needed by the body are equally excreted. 

The blood’s ultrafiltrate travels through the various parts of the nephron (proximal tubule, ascending and descending the loop of Henle, distal convoluted tubule, and collecting duct). 

While in these parts, essential substances are reabsorbed. The kidneys acidify the ultrafiltrate and the toxic substances at the nephron’s distal convoluted tubules.

The acidified liquid (urine) flows down into the urinary bladder and is stored until your bladder is full. When you pee, the urine goes down the ureter through your sexual organs to the external environment. This final action is usually under voluntary control and hence you may be able to hold urine for some time before passing it out.

How long it takes for you to pee after drinking water may also be affected by how efficient this process of urine formation is within your body. 

For instance, people who have medical conditions that prevent urine formation or decrease the amount of urine formed can equally impact how long it will take for one to pee. For those with conditions that increase the rate of urine formation, the time for them to urinate after drinking water will be comparatively shorter.

How long does it take to pee after drinking water?

Each day, it is recommended that every healthy person should drink about 2 liters of water throughout the day. The volume of water you take in affects how soon urine fills up your bladder and also affects how long it takes to pee after drinking water. 

The more water you take, the more quickly water will be formed in you and the faster the filling of your bladder. Once the bladder is full, you get the sensation to urinate and vice versa.

Also, the amount of time it takes to pee depends on several factors such as the quantity of water already in your body and how functional your kidneys are. 

If your bladder happens to be full or almost full before drinking water, it could take you anywhere below 15 minutes to urinate. This is similar to what happens when you are well hydrated even before drinking additional water. 

On the other hand, If you are already dehydrated or your bladder is virtually empty at the time of drinking water, it could take between one hour and two hours for you to urinate. 

Even all these times mentioned above are just estimates which are likely to fluctuate based on the preceding conditions and certain factors which are discussed below.

What are the factors that can affect the time for you to pee after drinking water?

Several factors affect the amount of time and how often you pee. Here are some of the factors. 

The volume of water intake

The volume of water or liquids taken affects the frequency of urination and even the volume of urine you produce. When you have a full bladder as explained earlier, it will take only a few minutes for you to pee. 

Thus, if you drink a lot of water, you will pee a lot. When your body is hydrated, your body will absorb water to the requirement or how much is needed by the body, and the excess water is excreted.

The required water intake daily is at least 8 glasses a day (that is about 2l of water). You are allowed to drink more for as long as your kidneys are functioning and you urinate as frequently as needed. 


The type of weather or the weather condition present at the time of taking in the water can also affect your urination patterns. Cold weather makes you urinate more often than warm or hot weather. 

This is because, during the cold weather, you hardly sweat, hence the body doesn’t lose much water. As such, the body tries to find other means of excreting the excess water out of it. 

The easiest way that the body finds to achieve this is through urination. It, therefore, produces lots of urine and sometimes even faster in order to control the levels of water within the body. 

During the hot weather, the opposite happens. This is because the heat around leads to loss of water through perspiration and hence the body tries to conserve enough water for the essential processes in the body. By doing so, the body reduces the amount of urine produced and also decreases the frequency of production.


There are quite a number of medications that can affect how often you urinate and also the volume of urine you pass. On the other hand, there are also some medications that can also decrease the volume of urine produced or even the frequency of urine production.

Some well-known antihypertensives are known to increase the rate of urine production and the frequency of urination. Medications like these are called diuretics. Diuretics, even though they have a primary role in increasing urine formation, may also play other important roles in the body. 

Most of these medications are used in the treatment of complex conditions like heart failure and advanced liver diseases. Taking any of such medications is likely to affect how long it will take for you to pee after drinking water.

Health conditions 

There are health conditions (either medical or surgical conditions) that affect the rate at which you urinate or the frequency of urination. As such, having any of such conditions can easily affect how long it takes for you to urinate after drinking water.

Health conditions like diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, and an overactive bladder can increase the frequency of urination. Other conditions like heart failure and kidney failure may decrease the frequency at which you urinate.

For instance, someone with diabetes may urinate frequently and this could be a very short period after drinking water. While someone with kidney disease may take days to produce urine after drinking water.

 There are other health conditions that can affect how often you pee including prostate cancer in men. Consult a doctor if your pattern of urination has either increased or decreased to check for any possible underlying health condition.

Some other conditions or factors that may cause frequent urination includes:

  • pregnancy 
  • alcoholism 
  • anxiety disorders
  • kidney infections 
  • bladder stones 
  • frequent intake of caffeine etc.
  • State of inactivity

How long does it take for water to digest before you can pee?

Water as a chemical entity is not broken down in the body and hence cannot be considered to undergo digestion (technically speaking). 

Once water gets into the gastrointestinal tract, it plays a lot of roles which include serving as a medium for digestion of other products and also a medium for some chemical reactions in the body.

From the GIT, the next important thing to happen is for the water to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Drinking water could be absorbed within 5 to 10 minutes after drinking. It may also take about 45- 120 minutes for the water to be absorbed by the body depending on the needs of the body. However, not all the water will be absorbed by the body. Some will pass out as stool which usually occurs in the case of watery diarrhea.

How many times should you pee in a day?

Peeing 6 to 8 times a day is considered natural but also very dependent on some of the factors discussed earlier.  Beyond that means you take in more fluids or eat too much. If you are someone who drinks a lot of water, peeing 10 times a day is also normal. 

What is very important is for you to be aware of how frequently you urinate when you drink the required amount of water in a day and take note of it. This is important so that you can easily detect when something is wrong with you.

If you start peeing more or fewer times than usual with the same volume of liquids as before then you know that there is probably a problem somewhere and you would need to see your doctor.

How long does it take to urinate, exactly?

Seven seconds is the average time for peeing in the bathroom. If you notice it takes you longer to pee, or you don’t pee very long at all when you felt like you had to, consider seeking medical advice as it could be a sign of an overactive bladder or infection.

There are conditions that increase the urgency of urination whilst other health conditions may decrease the urgency of urination. If you feel you have an abnormal rate of urination, then seeking a medical or surgical consultation will be ideal.

Is it normal to pee soon after drinking water?

Leaking urine while sleeping or peeing as soon as you drink water even though your urine is not full can be a result of nerve damage or irregular nerve to nerve brain signals. Medical treatment can help treat this. 

When you drink a lot of water but don’t pee – causes

Low urine output is usually caused by dehydration. Dehydration occurs when your body does not get enough liquid or when your body releases liquid too quickly.  

Also, some medical conditions like acute kidney disease may decrease the amount of urine produced. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you feel you drink a lot of water but don’t pee as you are supposed to.

Why is my pee clear?

If your urine or pee does not contain the yellow pigment (urochrome), then it is considered to be colorless urine. This is an indication of excess water.

The concentration of the urine determines the color of the urine. Your urine may take up various colors depending on what you took in or some health conditions that you may have.

Read this article to find out what exactly a particular change in urine color may mean

Is clear pee good?

Clear pee is a sign of a good hydration state of the body and a healthy urinary tract. However, if it is consistently clear try consulting a doctor. 

How many times should I pee at night?

The number of times one should pee in the night can be different when it comes to age. People over the age of 70 urine at least once a night. It is very common to wake up more than once to pee at night. 

Medical conditions like diabetes can cause you to pee several times at night. The moment you realize that you are frequently waking up to urinate, then it is time to speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

Are there any remedies to make peeing easier?

There are a couple of remedies that you can try to make peeing much easier some of which include:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Consume fruit juices
  • Take a walk from time to time
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do not get stressed often

If you feel like peeing but are not able to, then read this post to find out what the possible causes could be and how to treat them.

Key takeaways from this article

There are a lot of factors that influence how long it takes for one to pee after drinking water. Some of these factors include the quantity of water that was already in your bladder when you drank water and the prevailing weather conditions.

If your body is feeling dehydrated it can take up to 1 or 2 hours before you pee. If your bladder was already full before you drank water then it can take up to 10 to 15 minutes. 

Having a clear pee can also mean that your urinary system is healthy.


Michael Sarfo
Content Creator at Wapomu

Michael Sarfo is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a content creator for and a writer for Wapomu

Dr. Ehoneah Obed is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. He has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and has experience working in a Tertiary hospital as well as various community pharmacies. He is also a software engineer interested in healthcare technologies.

His love for helping others motivates him to create content on an array of topics mostly relating to the health of people and also software engineering content.

He is knowledgeable in digital marketing, content marketing, and a host of other skills that make him versatile enough to uplift any team he joins.

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