How many times have you delayed going to the bathroom, even though your bladder was full? Whether you are at an interview, work, a meeting or home and you are too lazy to get up, you should pay a lot of attention to that, because it can cause some serious danger…
Dr. Benjamin Braker for the magazine “Women’s Health” reveals what can happen when you retain the urine for too long, how dangerous it is and whether you can get your body accustomed to less peeing.
1. For how long can the urine be retained?
The capacity of the body to retain urine is different for everybody, and it is based on the amount of urine that someone can produce, which is caused by the status of hydration and fluid intake, as well as the performance and sensitivity of the bladder. Most women can retain urine for 3 to 6 hours.
2. What’s the worst thing that can happen to you?
There are no specific complications resulting from retention of urine, but there is a bigger risk for inflammation of the urethra, which is treatable with antibiotics. If your urethra becomes inflamed, your need to go to the bathroom becomes more frequent. Also, inflammation can occur if you suffer from disorder of a very active bladder and interstitial cystitis. If you suddenly start to urinate very often, visit a doctor.
3. Can you make your body get used to less peeing?
You are aware that it is very important to stay hydrated, but drinking lots of water has also an irritant side, and that is, that your body is constantly forced to urinate every half an hour. Some people have sensitive bladder, and they have to go to the bathroom even when they have a minimal amount of urine. It is ok to try to divert your thoughts from the need to pee and not to surrender to every need of your body. That can expand the bladder in a healthy way, but you should not anticipate some major changes.
Therefore, if you feel the need to urinate, it is not so bad to try to retain it. However, for the sake of your own comfort empty your bladder when you can, because rarely what gives such a good feeling of relief.