What happens when you hold your pee for too long
If holding your pee for too long has become an habit over a long period of time, then you are subjected to a serious long-term effects such as bacteria infections, weakening of the bladder, which can cause urinary retention ( situation whereby you find it hard to empty your bladder, thereby, the feeling to pee often). The period of retention can lead to these problems due to the germs and bacterias that has been sitting too long in the bladder. These bacterias may also cause grave damage to the kidneys.
Holding your pee when prone to Kidney Stones
People suffering from kidney stones or are prone to have it must for no reason at all hold their pee. Kidney stones are formed in the kidneys from excess calcium or sodium. If these mineral deposits are not regularly flushed from the body through urine, they will try to find their way out by themselves. Don’t let it get to that point because the pain is unbearable. You don’t believe me? Ask the people that already pass kidney stones.
Swelling of the bladder
An average healthy adult bladder can hold up to 2 cups of urine, if your bladder holds more urine than it’s design for, it is natural for it to swell up. So it doesn’t really help if you drink a lot to keep yourself well- hydrated and your Kidneys healthy if you are used to holding your pee.
This primarily affects women and has to do with the inflamation of the bladder wall. The urine amount is minimal, therefore, the urge to urinate is much more frequent.
- Pain in the pelvis
- Burning and pain while urinating
This can be caused by the effect of bacterias in the urine that are not properly expelled from the body.
Is it safe to to hold your pee?
There is no guideline for duration or how long you should be holding your pee. If you suffer from over-reactive bladder, holding your pee can be a good way of training your bladder. This can help you develope a proper urine schedule.
Holding your pee for any lenght of time may be dangerous and can increase the risks of kidney disease or infection if you suffer from pre-existing conditions such as
- Kidney disorder
- Enlarged prostate
- Urinary retension
- Nuerogenic bladder
Pregnant women are already at risk of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), so holding your pee can only make it worse.