Imagine that you are at an important meeting at work, you are attending classes at the University or at the institute or you are simply driving on a long road to get to your vacation spot. Suddenly, you get a huge desire to urinate, but you prefer to hold the desire and wait until you have time to go to the bathroom. It's probably one of the most common and usual episodes every day, but far from what you might think, it poses a risk to health It can have serious consequences, especially if you prolong the urge to urinate for several hours at a time.
When we begin to feel like going to the bathroom we find ourselves before a completely natural need that our body presents, and that ultimately constitutes a sign that our body needs to get rid of what it no longer needs. In the case of urine , it is because our bladder (the organ where the urine is retained until its elimination) is full and needs to be emptied. In fact, The bladder is the organ responsible for storing urine from the kidneys for later expulsion through the urethra .
The operation of the bladder is such that: when it begins to fill (admits between 150 to 220 ml of urine depending on the person), the nerves in the area send signals to the brain in order to report their status. This is how you begin to generate the urge to urinate. And then, when we go to the bathroom, in normal situations, urination tends to be voluntary, taking place through the relaxation of the sphincter muscles and the contraction of the bladder.
If we go to the bathroom immediately after starting to feel the urge to urinate, or at least wait only 1 or 2 hours, nothing happens. But nevertheless, if we can hold on and we also do it for many hours, it can be serious consequences for our health .
The main consequences of holding urine for health
Enlargement and widening of the bladder
The bladder does not have much storage capacity. Specifically between 150 to 220 ml. of urine, amount that obviously depends on the person. If we take into account that a glass of water is 250 ml., If we do not urinate as soon as we begin to have desire and continue eating and drinking liquids, these will continue to increase in the bladder walls.
The consequence is more than obvious: the bladder begins to enlarge and widen , becoming a risk if we also put up with the desire on a daily basis.
The urine contains a series of ammonia and acid substances that can damage the walls of both the urinary tract and the bladder itself, especially if the urine is retained for a long time.
In this sense, the cystitis it becomes one of its most common consequences, especially in women, which arises as a consequence of the inflammation of the bladder walls and the accumulation of all the bacteria present in the urethra.
Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)
Urine infection or pressure in the ureter caused by another organ can cause the appearance of the well-known reflux vesicoureteral , which occurs when Urine backs up abnormally from the bladder to the kidneys , which can cause scarring, infection and even long-term liver damage (if not treated).
Medical treatment depends on the severity, although it is possible to treat it with antibiotics in order to avoid infections, or surgery if infections and fever already occur.
Chills and pelvic pains
Excessive accumulation of urine can cause chills and finally pelvic pain , as a consequence of the accumulation of liquids and toxins present in the bladder. In addition, other related symptoms may arise, such as fatigue Y daze .