Is it safe to hold your pee for long periods of time?
• Yes, it’s safe
• No, it’s not
• 10 minutes maximum
• Only when traveling
Answer: No It’s Not
It’s not safe to hold your pee. Here’s why…
Everyone does it. Sometimes there’s no other option. You’re stuck in traffic, in a meeting or sometimes you just don’t feel like getting out of bed to relieve your bladder.
Growing up, my mother always told me not to hold my pee because my bladder would fill up and pop in my belly. The mental thought of that alone was enough to make me run to the restroom and pee even if I didn’t really have to go.
Now that I’m an adult, I’ve often wondered if holding your pee was really bad for you. This is what I learned…
As soon as you start to hold your pee, you bladder’s cylindrical sphincters close up to keep urine from leaking through your urethra. These muscles are great at their job, especially if you only hold your pee once in awhile.
If you hold your pee to the point of discomfort on a regular basis, your risk of infection is much higher and you can seriously weaken your bladder muscles, which can then lead to urinary retention.
This basically means that as a result of “holding it” too often, you can become unable to fully empty your bladder when you pee, which makes you feel like you still have to pee even after you go.
In other words, Mom was right… kind of. Your stomach won’t explode, but you can create unnecessary health problems for yourself. Listen to your body and respond to its needs, and you can avoid health problems like a weakened bladder.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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