Problems that Can Arise from Holding Your Pee

August 2, 2014

The need to go to the bathroom is completely natural, which is why we need to do it with a certain frequency so that our bodies can eliminate all of the excess and waste product that it doesn’t need.

The habit that many people have of holding their pee can have grave consequences. Those periods of retention can produce severe urinary infections, 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. As time goes on, these infections can spread to the kidneys and lead to much more serious conditions like those that we will see now.

Kidney stones

People who are prone to the development of kidney stones and who, for whatever reason, hold their pee, should pay heavy attention because the consequences of kidney stones can be much worse. Kidney stones are tiny “stones” that form in the kidneys from excess sodium or calcium, and if these mineral deposits are not regularly expelled via the urine, the moment will come in which the stones try to leave the body via the urinary tract and the pain that this movement produces will be unbearable.


This is a problem that primarily affects women, and has to do with the inflammation of the walls of the bladder, most commonly called cystitis. Its primary symptoms are:

  • Pain in the pelvis
  • Burning and pain while urinating

The amount of urine is minimal, which forces the sufferer to visit the bathroom much more frequently.

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, or that is to say that an average bladder can hold up to around a quarter of the water you drink each day; so it doesn’t actually help if you are a person who regularly consumes liquids to keep your body well-hydrated and your kidneys in good shape if you do not also make it a priority to go to the bathroom the moment you feel the need to.

One of the primary reasons that it is always recommended to consume enough liquids is that it aids the important function of cleaning the kidneys, which can really only be performed via nothing more and nothing less than the regular expulsion via urine of the water that we drink, and with it the residues that the body no longer needs and that, furthermore, can even cause a whole host of other problems.

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 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.

We hope that this advice will help you take better care to maintain your bladder free of harmful residues and to keep your kidney in perfect conditions. You should always remember that these are both some of the most important organs in our bodies, and it would be very irresponsible on our parts to neglect them and risk serious health complications just for the sake of not having to leave our work area for a moment and look for the bathroom.

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