We have all experienced the urgent need to pee when we are nowhere near a bathroom. But did you know that holding it in could be hazardous to your health? While occasionally holding it shouldn't do any damage, consistently avoiding going to the bathroom could cause serious problems such as a burst bladder, urinary tract infection, incontinence and even kidney stones.
Unless there are some truly radical advances in catheter technology, having to pee and not being able to will remain a universal predicament, albeit one more acute for some Amazon warehouse workersfor instance than for others. But do the effects of not peeing linger beyond temporary discomfort? What are you really doing to yourself, when—via not wanting to shoulder your way out of a crowded movie theater aisle, or displease your sadistic boss, or because of some kind of medical condition—you put off what badly needs doing?
There's a phenomenon plaguing busy women everywhere OK, and women who just don't feel like hitting pause on The Affair : pee procrastination. You know, the feeling that you gotta go — but then Whether it's because your schedule is slammed guilty or you're just feeling lazy also guiltyblowing off your bladder's cue like it's some annoying guy on Tinder can have an impact on your health.
Whatever the scenario, some greater force stops you from getting up and going to the bathroom, despite the fact that you really need to pee. Some fodder on the internet suggests holding it in can increase your risk of a urinary tract infection or even kidney stones. But according to David Ginsbergprofessor of clinical urology at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, no harm is probably occurring. Ginsberg noted that patients with other medical issues, such as a spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis, might have a higher risk of storing urine at higher pressures when they hold their pee.
You're about an hour and a half into the movie and, boy, are you regretting that large soda. You can hold it Peeing is pretty important.
As newborns, infants and toddlers, we eventually start to learn how to control our bladders. Our brain only knows that when we have to go, it's time to goand for many of us, we'll need to go around 6 or 7 times a day. After some training we learn to control when we go, and how long we're able wait before we get to a bathroom. And sometimes we wait a little too long.
July 30, pm Updated July 30, pm. Thankfully, your brain also sends a signal back telling your bladder to hold on — otherwise, things could get really messy. But if you decide to ignore those signals from your body and hold on for too long it could have some serious consequences.
In most cases, holding it for a short time when you feel the urge to go is not going to be harmful. However, holding pee for a long period of time and ignoring the urge to go might increase the risk of certain problems, such as urinary tract infections. For those reasons, it's important to not hold it for any longer than is necessary.