You may not realize but there are a number of important reasons why you should not hold your urine in your bladder when you need to pee. Your bladder will hold somewhere between 1-2 cups of urine and apparently Nurses have double the capacity.
Your Kidneys are designed to filter excess water and waste in your body. If you hold off from urinating, you cause your bladder to stretch. This may also contribute to stretching your external sphincter muscles.
The Urinary System Explained
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These very important muscles are connected to the outside of your bladder. For want of a better word, they are gatekeepers for your bladder and hold in the liquid.
When you clench them, you hold in your urine and when you relax them, you release your flow of pee.
If you overstretch these muscles, this is where you can lose control and suffer embarrassing incontinence issues.
Medical News Today describes Urinary incontinence as the involuntary leakage of urine. It means a person urinates when they do not want to. Control over the urinary sphincter is either lost or weakened.
Urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects many people. As you can see from the above infographic, a normal, healthy bladder should be able to hold up to 2 cups of urine for 2-5 hours.
Frequent Urination Symptoms
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Frequent urination can occur for a variety of reasons. Not all are serious or harmful. It may be as simple as drinking lots of fluids before bed, or more than your body can handle. Caffeine and alcohol as well as artificial sweeteners are major offenders too. If you ingest citrus foods, soda drinks or a high amount of leafy green salads, they are natural diuretics that will cause frequent peeing.
Frequent urination can extend beyond this to include diabetes, urinary tract infection, an enlarged prostate, and even medication side effects.
If you suffer this condition mainly at night, this is known as Nocturia. It is common amongst middle-aged and older men. If you take blood pressure tablets or medication to treat fluid buildup, this may also be another cause.
Around 80% of those that suffer from Multiple Sclerosis have a bladder dysfunction that includes this condition. MS lesions can block or interrupt the transmission of nerve signals that control the bladder and urinary sphincters.
Overactive Bladder Syndrome is also where you feel the need to urgently urinate, even when your bladder is not full.
Other causes of frequent urination include anxiety, bladder or kidney stones, urethral stricture, radiation exposure to the pelvis, diverticulitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Why You Shouldn’t Hold Your Urine In Video
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We have included this excellent video from Science Insider that explains what happens when you hold your pee in for too long. We highly recommend that you take a few minutes to view the information. To watch, click Play above ^