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Is it ok to hold my pee?

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  1. GirlSmarts on Nov 30, -0001 Reply

    As we consume foods and liquids our bladders begin to fill up, we will feel the urge to relieve ourselves. The bladder wall has receptors that measure how much the bladder is being stretched to accommodate incoming urine. When our bladders are about half full, these receptors send a signal to the brain telling us it’s time to visit the bathroom. In normal situations, the brain then signals the bladder to hold on tight until the right time, place, and toilet presents itself. Most adolescents have control over bathroom urges, and can act on or delay urges as needed. How long a person can ignore the need to pee depends of the size of a person’s bladder and their will. Consciously holding in your urine will eventually cause the body to override the brain’s attempts to delay urination, and in all likelihood, the person will simply wet their pants. Research has not shown that holding your pee will cause rupture of the bladder or bladder infections.

    In other words, try to pee when you feel the urge to avoid accidents, but if you are in a car or another situation where you have to occasionally “hold it” for just a short amount of time, you will be okay- just do not make a habit of it.

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