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Why You Should Never Hold In Your Pee. Read to learn more and how to stay safe.

1. Bladder Burst: One of the worst things that could happen to your bladder when holding your pee for too long is that it could burst and cause urine to leak into your abdomen. This could result in death from peritonitis. Although Bladder rupture is very rare and usually only occurs with trauma, it could happen from something as trivial as bumping into a kitchen counter with an overdistended bladder.

2. Bladder Leakage: Think of your external sphincter muscles as the gatekeepers to your bladder. They control when you empty your bladder and how much liquid exits when you urinate. Clenching your external sphincter muscles will keep urine in, while relaxing them allows urine to escape down the toilet. Over time, sphincter muscles can become loose as a result of holding in pee too frequently, which stretches the muscles. Loose sphincter muscles can lead to a leaky bladder, which can be embarrassing at times. Conversely, damaged sphincter muscles may have trouble relaxing, leaving the bladder unable to release its contents.

3. Stretched Bladder: Your bladder can actually stretch if you don't pee often enough. It makes sense when you think about it, your bladder becomes too full and the liquid causes the muscles and membranes to stretch around it. Think of it like water in a water balloon except when this happens it could make it more difficult for you to pee in the future because the bladder doesn't bounce back to its original shape. In severe cases a person may need a catheter to help them go to the bathroom.

4. Bladder Pain Syndrome: Bladder pain syndrome is a painful bladder syndrome which causes inflammation and pain in the bladder which stores the urine. People with BPS tend to urinate more often and usually with smaller volumes of urine than most people. It is usually caused by bacterial infection. The common symptoms include a painful pelvis, persistent urge to urinate and in some cases, urinating more than 60 times a day. There is currently no cure for this condition but treatment is given to ease the symptoms.

Loss of Bladder Control

Bladder Stones

Damage to Kidney Function

Abdominal Pain

Kidney Stones


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