We have all held our pee for longer than we should have from one time to another. Whether it's inconvenience or just laziness, we've all done it at least once.
We all know it's not good for us, but do you know just how bad it is for you, and what the consequences are?
Your body can hold half a liter of pee before you feel like you have to go to the washroom. You get this feeling because your bladder wall is filled with tiny receptors and these receptors tell your brain when your bladder is at full capacity.
Luckily, most of us have the ability to sense that message and either go right then, or put it off. But what actually happens when we ignore that message our brain and bladder is trying to send us?
Doing this once in a while, for a short amount of time isn't a big deal. Your body is able to hold in the pee because your bladder tightens so your pee doesn't leak out of your urethra. These muscles work really well, but they begin to deteriorate the more you use them.
If you hold your pee in for a large amount of time, it exposes your body to potentially harmful bacteria, which can increase your chance of getting a urinary tract infection or bladder infection.
Although quite uncomfortable, a bladder infection is not the end of the world. If you carry this habit and hold in large amounts of urine very often, it could lead to long-term consequences that can be quite serious.
Here are some health consequences from holding in you pee: