JUN 10, 2018 4:58 PM PDT

Here's Why You Shouldn't Hold Your Pee for Too Long

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Do you urinate regularly? Science shows that holding in your urine for extended periods of time imposes adverse health effects on your body. Of course, the degree of seriousness encompassing these side effects depends significantly on how regularly you fail to visit the restroom.

Those who hold their urine instead of peeing regularly often stretch their bladders, enabling them to keep more urine at a time than the average person. This alone doesn’t impact health much, but if these habits continue, then they can stretch and damage the sphincter muscles at the bottom of the bladder known to facilitate controlled urination, eventually leading to uncontrolled urination.

But that’s not the worst of it. Ignoring the signal to take a leak for too long can eventually cause excess urine to back up inside of the body. This can cause issues like urinary retention and urinary tract infection, or worse, kidney problems that can ultimately cause kidney failure or death.

While resisting the urge to pee occasionally probably won’t hurt you, making a habit out of it can become a real problem later in life. It’s best to listen to your body and let the fluids flow when they need to.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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