8 Things You Probably Never Knew About Your Bladder

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We tend to ignore our bladders a lot, that leads to us not knowing a whole lot about them. Our bladders are very complex things, and we might as well spend the time getting to know them, they're with us our whole lives. Here's eight things you didn't know about your bladder.

1. You pee what you eat.

Our pee often shows what we've had to eat within the past 12 hours or so. No, you don't pee out pieces of hamburger or anything, but the smell and color can differ based on what you've eaten that day.

For example, asparagus is well known to give your pee a funky smell, and can also turn it a little green in color. Carrots can turn urine orange and rhubarb may tint it dark brown. So, before you freak out about your pee being off, think about what you've eaten that day.

2. Pee isn't sterile.

Pee has always been thought to be very sterile. New studies have found that it usually isn't, and can actually get infected. There is usually bacteria living in the bladder that makes your pee un-sterile. It was usually known that you can even drink your pee, don't do this.

I don't see a situation where you would ever want to do this but, if you are ever stranded in a desert, do not drink your pee if you have nothing else to drink. Urine is full of salt, which can make you more dehydrated. Also, the bacteria in it will only make the situation worse.

3. Men and women have very different bladders.

Both men and women have a urethra, which transfers urine from the bladder out of the body. The difference is the size of it. A man’s urethra is about 7 to 8 inches long and passes through the prostate gland and penis before emptying.

A woman’s urethra is only 1.5 inches long and is embedded in the vaginal wall. Since women have a shorter urethra, this explains why they more commonly have leakage while coughing, laughing, and sneezing.

4. "Small bladders" don't really exist.

When someone says they pee a lot because they have a small bladder, this isn't really true. Bladders don't vary much in size, but it could be how your bladder is acting instead of its actual size.

Feeling like you have a small bladder may have to do with how much your bladder can hold and how long you wait before peeing. Some people will sense bladder fullness at an earlier time than others, and that’s why they think they have a small bladder. You might get that message to pee very soon after it’s empty and starting to fill.

This is how often most people pee a day..

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