Have you ever wondered what happens if you hold your pee for too long? Well, many of us have been there: that ”just barely made it” scenario, where the bathroom line may have been just slightly too long, after you sprinted to get there. When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. And it’s annoying and uncomfortable when you can’t. It turns out holding on to go to the washroom is also quite bad for your health. In most cases, it’s nothing to worry about. But there a few reasons why you shouldn’t wait too long.
As your bladder gets fuller and fuller, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to make it to the bathroom on time.” Yikes! One of the things that happens if you hold your pee for too long is the chance of wetting yourself. It’s more likely to happen to young children and the elderly, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you if you push your bladder too far. Holding on too long also increase the chance of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Your bladder connects to your urinary system, which includes your kidneys. If urine travels back up the tubes that connect your bladder to your kidneys, it can cause infections and kidney damage. Your chance of developing kidney stones also increase.
Furthermore, if you hold your pee for too long, your bladder can actually stretch out! When this happens it may make it more difficult for you to release pee normally in the future. That’s because the bladder doesn’t bounce back to its original shape. In severe cases a person may need a catheter to help them go to the loo.
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