Peeing is embarrassing for many of us while at office, school or social gatherings and it also occupies the least priority in our to-do list. Holding the nature’s call for a prolonged time can cause serious damage to our health.
Some people go on road trips, to malls for shopping, sit through a long movie without any difficulty and go for their early-morning walk without thinking twice. Some others always keep track of the nearest available bathroom, take double caution while going out to prevent urine leakage and look out for ways to escape the dread of making frequent bathroom visits. Before talking about urinating frequently and the fear people bear in mind outside for using public toilets, lets get the basics of bladder capacity cleared.
Full or Half Bladder
A normal, healthy adult bladder can hold up to 475 ml or 2 cups of urine and visits the bathroom for urinating every 3-4 hours (not more than twice overnight). The frequency and output change depending on the day’s consumption of beverages as certain types of drinks such as caffeine-added or artificial sweetener-present ones increase urine output.
Speaking in terms of ounces, bladder capacity of children below the age of 2 is 4 ounces. For children aged above 2 years, know the bladder capacity by dividing their age by 2 and then adding 6 to the result. For example, a 10-year-old kid can hold up to 11 ounces of urine. All of us have controlled the urge to urinate some time or the other while some of us control it quite too often. Is it healthy to control the urge to pee?
Side Effects of Holding Your Full Bladder
Individuals with a healthy urinary system can hold their pee sometimes and it is not quite dangerous. However, holding more than 2 cups of urine often makes you feel restless. People with overactive bladder are trained to hold their pee as a part of bladder training. But, some people are advised to never hold their bladder in any circumstance. They include individuals with enlarged prostate, urinary retention, kidney disorders, neurogenic bladder and pregnant women (they are at a higher risk of urinary tract infection).
A healthy bladder does not trigger an immediate urge to urinate and can hold it until it is convenient or possible to urinate. Maintain a healthy bladder by:
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.