Holding Your Pee: Health Risks From Ignoring Nature’s Call

In everyday life, we are sometimes too busy to react to our most basic instincts like to pee! Whether because of work, meetings that never end or overload of tasks, we suppress the urination and that is something we need to do every day. But as innocuous as it may seem, this bad habit can cause long-term, serious health complications.

Holding Your Pee Health Risks From Ignoring Natures Call

The bladder

The bladder is an essential organ of the urine system. It consists of nerves and muscles that will stretch or contract depending on the amount of urine. The bladder receives urine produced by the kidney and retains it before discharging it through the urinary process (urination). Urine is transported into the bladder through the ureters and is discharged through the urethra. The walls of the bladder have receptors that measure the expansion of the bladder and send a signal to the brain to inform you of the urge to urinate. In general, this signal is sent when the bladder is half full but your brain is the one that determines when you will really decide to pee. According to the situation you’re facing, you can control your own urination and the bladder ignores the stimulus of the brain for urination. But the action to retain the “pee” can cause some health complications.

Adverse effects on health from urine retention

  1. Refraining from urination can cause a urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infection is a health problem which one of the most common problems associated with this phenomenon. Why? The retention of urine results in an accumulation of bacteria in the region of the urethra. The urethra is a channel that carries urine from the bladder to the outside to be discharged. Therefore, when the urine is retained, bacteria will enter and proliferate, causing a urinary tract infection. It is important to have frequent urination and as regularly as possible to help clean the body of harmful bacteria and prevent their proliferation.

  1. Refraining from urination leads to bladder hypersensitivity

Many parameters influence the sensitivity of the bladder and mostly food and drinks you consume. But refraining from peeing can also increase the sensitivity of your bladder and disrupt the functioning of the receptors located in the walls thereof. Indeed, its volume expands (becomes elastic) to enable to store larger or smaller amounts of urine. The sensors and receivers become hyperactive, which will result in a need to urinate more frequently and that will lead ultimately to a urinary tract infection!

  1. Refraining from urination leads to the phenomenon of urinary retention

Urinary retention results in a physical inability to completely empty the bladder. Whether it its acute or chronic, urinary retention is a potentially fatal condition (in its acute form) which mainly affects men and is reflected by strong pelvic pain associated with discomfort. Chronic urinary retention can last for a long time and trigger other health disturbances such as urinary incontinence (inability to hold urine) or a urinary tract infection. In any case, whatever the form (acute or chronic), this medical condition requires medical attention and special care.

What is the longest time you can “hold” your urine?

There is no rule for it. The duration differs from person to person, depending on its ability to retain the urine. However, from a medical point of view, you need to go to the bathroom whenever you get the urge to pee, to prevent any health problem.

Via Huffington Post

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