Problems that Can Arise from Holding Your Pee

Problems that Can Arise from Holding Your Pee

Last update: 12 May, 2022

The need to go to the bathroom is completely natural, and this is why we need to do it on a regular basis. On the other hand, the habit of holding your pee can have quite serious consequences for our bodies. Read on to find out why.

Relieving ourselves is our bodies’ way of eliminating all the excess and waste products that it doesn’t need. However, many people have the bad habit of holding their pee, and this can have serious consequences. This retention can, in turn, produce severe urinary infections, which are bacterial infections that affect the urinary tract. This occurs due to the germs present in urine that have been sitting too long in the bladder.

The consequence of this is that these infections can spread to the kidneys. In turn, this can lead to much more serious conditions like those we will see below.

Holding your pee can cause kidney stones

People who are prone to kidney stones and who, for whatever reason, are prone to holding their pee, should take note. The consequences of kidney stones can be very serious. 

Kidney stones are tiny “stones” that form in the kidneys as a result of excess sodium or calcium. Consequently, if these mineral deposits are not regularly expelled via the urine the stones will try to leave the body via the urinary tract. The resulting pain can be unbearable.


This is a problem that primarily affects women. This is to do with the inflammation of the walls of the bladder. Generally speaking, the primary symptoms of cystitis are:

  • Pain in the pelvis
  • Burning and pain while urinating

The amount of urine is minimal, and, consequently, the sufferer has to visit the bathroom much more frequently.

Woman trying to hold her pee

Swelling of the bladder

The average bladder can store up to 15 ounces of liquid. If you drink eight glasses of water a day, the amount of liquid you consume amounts to approximately 64 ounces. That is to say, an average bladder can hold up to around a quarter of the water you drink each day.

Maybe you already regularly consume liquids to keep your body well-hydrated and your kidneys are in good shape. In that case, you should also make it a priority to go to the bathroom the moment you feel the need to.

One of the primary reasons you should consume enough liquids is that this aids the cleansing of the kidneys. This can really only be performed with the regular expulsion of urine that results from our liquid intake. By doing this, we get rid of the residues that the body no longer needs and that can cause a whole host of other problems.

Other adverse effects

As we have already mentioned, holding your pee can cause many adverse effects such as:

  • Constant and strong pain when urinating
  • Fever, caused by the effect of the bacteria present in urine that are not properly expelled from the body
  • Shivers
  • Stomach pains
  • Cramps
  • Anxiety
  • And, finally, difficulty concentrating on anything other than the desire to pee
Urine color chart to determine urine color

So, to avoid health problems, make sure you head to the bathroom as soon as your body tells you to. Holding your pee is just not an option!

In conclusion, we hope that this advice will help you take better care of your bladder. It’s your job to make sure it stays free of harmful residues and that your kidneys remain in perfect condition.

You should remember that these are two of the most important organs in your body. Don’t neglect them, and risk serious health complications, just for the sake of not taking a bathroom break.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.