In the middle of a car travel, during a movie or in a meeting at office individuals hesitate to pee and hold on their urge to urinate. Resisting the need to use the bathroom is more common during travel or touring as people hesitate using common restrooms. While some do it rarely, some might hold on to peeing from morning to night until they return to their hotel. But how much of it is acceptable and are there any side effects included?
Hold or Let Go
Holding your urge to pee rarely is not wrongful but making it a habit owing to laziness or other lame excuses will not solve your problems but only aggravate them. The urinary bladder sends a signal to the brain to urge the individual to pee once it is half-full while holding back urine. The concerned individual either empties his/her bladder contents immediately or holds it back when there is a difficulty to access the restroom, when he/she is writing an examination or practicing bladder control exercises. Scientifically, there are no rules and regulations laid down to determine how and when it is safe to hold the pee and it entirely depends on the individual involved. Holding your pee too long or too often leads to potential side effects:
Learning to Pee Less Often
Physicians sometimes recommend individuals to learn to pee less often by resisting the urge to pee. This is basically done by training the bladder to hold more amount of fluid before sending signals to the brain to create an urge to urinate. This ultimately decreases the number of trips to the bathroom. Diverting your brain and decreasing your urge to urinate can do the trick. Individuals can divert their attention by listening to music or watching television, staying warm, sitting or walking around whichever is more comfortable, engaging the brain in doing games or puzzles, talking to someone or reading something.
While we love to pee immediately after the brain signals us, we might not be able to access the bathroom immediately. In such times it is useful to follow the tips given below:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.