It will interest you to know that, holding urine for a long time can be dangerous to the body, as a result, we have put together below some of its potential side effects, according to Healthline medical.
Note that, the urinary bladder is a hollow, pear-shaped organ that forms part of the urinary system. The bladder’s role is to store urine until a person is ready to use the restroom.
However, the bladder can stretch to hold more than this, but doing so too often can be dangerous, plus that some people may be more prone to side effects than others.
People who regularly ignore the urge to pee can have pelvic cramps, as the muscles may stay partially clenched after the release of urine.
2. Urinary tract infection
In some cases, holding in pee for too long can cause bacteria to multiply as this may lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI), especially if a person has a history of frequent UTIs or for people who do not drink enough liquids.
This is because, the bladder is not telling the body to pee often enough, which can cause bacteria to spread through the urinary tract, leading to infection.
Some of the symptoms of a UTI can includes:
Burning or stinging feeling during urination, pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen, constant urge to empty the bladder, strong- or foul-smelling urinecloudy, off-colored urine, consistently dark urine and bloody urine
3. Bladder stretching
In the long term, regularly holding in pee can cause the bladder to stretch, which may make it difficult or impossible for the bladder to contract and release pee normally.
If a person has a stretched bladder, extra measures such as a catheter, may be necessary.
4. Damage to pelvic floor muscles
Frequently retaining urine may harm the pelvic floor muscles and among such is the urethral sphincter, which keeps the urethra closed to prevent urine from leaking out.
However, damaging this muscle could lead to urinary incontinence which is the involuntary leakage of urine ( it means a person urinates when they do not want to).
Meanwhile, doing pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels, may help strengthen these muscles and repair muscle loss or prevent leakage if you are experiencing this already.
5. Kidney stones
Holding in pee may cause kidney stones to form in people with a history of the condition or in those who have a high mineral content in their urine, as pee often contains minerals such as uric acid and calcium oxalate.
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