When you have to urinate but it isn’t convenient, your body has a complex system that lets you hold it in until it’s safe to do so.

You have an set of muscles in your pelvic floor that keep your urinary tract from emptying until your brain concludes that it’s safe to do that. If your bladder isn’t full, you can intentionally choose to keep this muscle closed, holding in your urine.
In any case, as your bladder fills, pressure develops sending signs to your brain that things are getting serious. It begins with feeling  pressure and eventually leads to pain.
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If your bladder gets too full when you’re attempting to hold it, your mind can override whatever conscious thoughts you might have about holding it in and release the floodgates, as it were.

The brain is an entirely good judge of when you’ve held it too long. In case you’re holding it for just a short time, you’re safe. Regularly holding it can over push those muscles in your pelvic floor.

Over time, this could cause them to fail, leading to a variety of problems when you’re older like urinary incontinence or an overactive pelvic floor.

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Holding your pee can cause many health problems such as:

  • Constant and strong pain when urinating
  • Fevercaused by the effect of the bacteria present in urine that were not properly expelled from the body.
  • Shivers
  • Stomach pains
  • Cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating on anything other than the desire to pee

As you may have already noticed, there are many health problems that you can avoid by simply heading to the bathroom as soon as your body informs you of the need, and paying attention to your body’s signals regarding the same.

So, if you have to urinate and you have the option of going, do your future self a favor and just take the bathroom break.