Is it okay to hold back your pee and how long should one go?

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Holding urine. PHOTO/COURTESY

HEALTH – It goes without say that at one time you may have found yourself in a situation requiring you to hold back your urine longer.

You may be doing this because you have not choice or may just be lazy to visit the loo but may not be aware of the effects this could pose to your body.

Science has determined urine consists of water, urea (from amino acid metabolism), inorganic salts, creatinine, ammonia, and pigmented products of blood breakdown, one of which (urochrome) gives urine its typically yellowish colour.

This habit could result into either of the following results:

  1. Weak bladder muscle

Holding your urine for too long will lead to eventual weakening of bladder muscles over time. A weak bladder results into development of incontinence and not being able to fully empty your bladder.

Coronal section of bladder with pelvic floor muscles showing relaxed bladder and contracted sphincters holding in urine. SOURCE: Original KOD art Thieme General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System 2006

2. Urinary tract infections (UTI)

Bacteria are also likely to build up in your bladder causing infections and in addition you risk developing kidney disease. Your bladder is also likely to rapture in a rare condition.

3. Bladder stretching

This condition will make it difficult for your bladder to release urine normally. You will also experience abdominal pain and the inability to control urination.

Generally, holding you urine for long is not health and incase you experience any problem, contact your doctor immediately.


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