Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn’t find a bathroom and had to hold your urine for an extended period of time? Or maybe you’re one of those people who purposely holds their urine, thinking it’s not a big deal. Well, think again. Holding your urine for too long can have serious consequences on your bladder health.
What is Bladder Distention?
Bladder distention is when the bladder becomes stretched beyond its normal size due to holding in urine for prolonged periods. This condition occurs when the bladder muscles aren’t strong enough to empty the bladder fully, causing it to stretch and weaken over time.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the average adult bladder can hold up to 16 ounces or 2 cups of urine?
What Happens When You Hold Your Urine?
When you ignore the urge to urinate, your body’s natural response is to hold onto the waste until later. However, continence experts recommend using the restroom every three hours or before bed as good practice.
If this practice continues indefinitely or for long periods at a time the following occur:
Bladder Becomes Overfilled
As time passes, that urge will only become stronger. Eventually, as your urinary retention increases there becomes no room left in your precious organ and must eventually be relieved which could lead into some serious infections.
Your risk of developing a UTI , Cystitis kidney stone formationand other potential diseases go up substantially if continually practiced.
For men specifically they put themselves at further risk by repeating this habit repeatedly leading them down another path you do not want–> Erectile dysfunction can result from restricting blood flow with less space to fill within the bladder. The primary risk factor is the duration of the hold and lack of sufficient emptying.
Symptoms of Bladder Distention
Bladder distension does not necessarily produce discernible symptoms, which could oftentimes lead to it going unnoticed for a long time or discovered by a doctor during test scans/Prostrate exams.
Symptoms vary on varying degrees and include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Discomfort in the pelvic region
- Difficulty urinating fully
-A painful sensation around genitals or anus
-Some experience frequently stopping mid urine flow.
These symptoms could go noticed at earlier stages but worsen over time as the bladder grows weaker and more inclined to being overfilled repeatedly.
Treatment depends largely on how progressed your condition is and will primarily begin with relieving all stored urine in your bladder through catheterization. In cases of less severe damage or urinary frquency you may be prescribed medication focused on managing bladder spasms which offers some relief although none solve it completely without behavioral changes . Surgery can also be an option if medications fail; this would help insulate incase further damage occurs due repeated cycling between filling up too much then constantly voided quickly afterward.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any other risks associated with holding in urine?
A: Yes, holding in urine too often can increase your risk of developing kidney stones, urinary tract infections, cystitis, erectile dysfunction for male patients cutaneous ureteroenteric fistula, secondary hydronephrosis any potential diseases that come with bacterial growth heightened by prolonged exposure of retentionand significant pain during urination slowly becomes inevitable.
Q: Can holding your urine cause permanent damage to your bladder?
A: Yes, Holding larger amounts consistently over extended periods puts you on the path of permanent damage creating dysfunction. However, such instances are rare and only in extreme cases where these behaviors persist for long periods of time.
Q: How often should I use the restroom?
A: To promote healthier bladder function, we recommend emptying your bladder every three to four hours, not holding it when you need to go regardless of situation/circumstances.
Do yourself a favor – if nature calls, answer it asap! Holding onto urine may seem harmless but could lead into severe bladder dysfunctions over time with significant risks not worth taking. Promoting good bathroom habits having a big impact over our overall health and wellbeing making sensible decisions will always be wise choice long term for us all.