Holding Up Your Pee

Published: 14th January 2010
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"Let's have a urine holding competition!"

"Hold your urine, we are going to reach soon!"

These quotations are not something unusual. Many teenagers think that able to hold urine for a long time is something cool. Some adults do not let their children to go toilet on their car trip. Some parents even punish their children for urinating too frequent.

Many people experience stabbing pain in their abdomens after holding their urine for some time. Some of them are unable to urinate no matter how hard they try and how frantic they are after a prolonged urine holding. They may stay in the toilet for minutes with barely a dribble. Those lucky one might get to excrete urine after half an hour but there are people who throw up and have to go to hospital.

Holding urine is definitely harmful to us if we hold our urine frequently for a long time. You may just feel the pain at first but after a while it will be really uncomfortable and eventually affect our excretion system. Regular urination helps to keep the urinary tract sterile by flushing away bacteria. Holding in urine causes building up of bacteria. Besides, holding urine also keeps sphincter muscle in tight mode for a long time which causes it to have difficulty in returning to relax mode when it's time to urinate. Thus, the bladder may not empty completely in once and the person may need to use the amenities frequently. It is the same as calf muscle cramp while you are running, swimming or doing other exercises. You are not able to continue your activities when you are having cramp.

People who frequently delay a trip to the restroom are more likely to develop Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It is mainly cause by the accumulation of bacteria in bladder. There are a few types of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) such as cystitis (bladder infection) and another type which is more serious: pyelonephritis (kidney infection). Other than that, holding urine too frequent will also lead to Acute Renal Failure (ARF) which is a rapid loss of renal function due to damage to the kidneys, accumulation of urea and bacteria that are normally excreted by the kidneys. Acute Renal Failure is a serious disease and treated as a medical emergency, so is diverticulosis which can be caused by the habit of holding urine.

You should consult doctors when you are facing difficulty in urinating. Nevertheless, the best prevention is still to avoid holding urine!

Anna has been writing articles online for nearly 3 years now. Not only she does her own research in health care, you can also check out her latest website on Electric Coffee Makers to find out more about great deal of electric coffee makers.

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