The Urge to Use the Bathroom: Why Is It Bad to Fight It?

· October 9, 2017
Did you know that it's extremely harmful to fight the urge to go to the bathroom? Learn why in this article!

When talking about digestion, there are two processes that we don’t always like to talk about: passing gas and defecating. Besides, there are some people who fight the urge to use the bathroom when they’re out of the house. This could be because of embarrassment or because they don’t have a restroom available.

The truth is that there are times when it’s impossible to find a restroom and you need to control your urge. However, the mistake that many people make is making this a daily habit.

Most of the time, it’s not convenient to go to the restroom. Thus, many ignore the urge to use the bathroom as if it were something harmless. Quite the contrary, suppressing the urge to defecate can cause grave consequences for your health.

Why Is It Bad to Fight the Urge to Go to the Bathroom?

Digestion is the way your body absorbs nutrients. However, this process leaves behind some waste it needs to get rid of. Your body does this with poop. When it sends the signal to go the restroom, the worst thing you can do is ignore it because this is when your body needs to get rid of the waste.

It’s of the utmost importance to eliminate all of the residue. Apart from making you feel bad and heavy, stool that’s held back affects the functions of your intestine. When your intestine finds itself blocked, it modifies the absorption of nutrients. As a result of this change, you digest food poorly. This problem causes indigestion, gas, bloating, stomach pain and even vomiting.

You should only fight the urge to use the bathroom in extreme emergencies.

If you’ve eaten something that’s very heavy and you feel the need to defecate, it’s important that you not ignore this urge. Your body is telling you that it has to get rid of this waste to be able to digest nutrients that you just ate.

The Consequences of Ignoring the Need to Go to the Bathroom

As we told you before, if you often ignore the urge to use the restroom, the way your intestines work will start to change. As a result, your body won’t absorb nutrients correctly.

You may believe that not going to the bathroom when you feel the need is harmless, but that thought couldn’t be farther from the truth. Besides causing great problems for your intestinal and digestive process in general, not emptying your bowel when you feel the urge can adversely influence all of your body.

Remember: you get rid of thousands of toxins through fecal matter. By delaying, these will start poisoning your body. This is just an example of a negative effect of this bad habit on your health. In fact, we’d like to show you the five most common consequences of this:

1. Painholding pee

By suppressing the urge to defecate for a long period of time, you’re causing poop to accumulate and create a kind of “plug.”

When you try to get rid of the waste, this turns into torture. This is because the waste is very hard. Therefore, it can be very painful to get rid of it.

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2. Water Absorption

Since your body needs to get rid of this waste and can’t, it tries to gather its nutrients. If you haven’t eaten anything, your body will recycle the water in your stool to feed itself. This means that it’s feeding itself with water that’s full of bacteria, waste and toxins.

3. Bad Smellsin the bathroom

The same thing happens with gas. By keeping it in, you create an odor bomb. In other words, poop and flatulence will smell much worse than normally.

Also, by suppressing the urge, you increase the development of gases in your stomach. These can make you feel much heavier and bloated.

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4. Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that are found in your anus. Their inflammation causes pain, discomfort and, in severe cases, heavy bleeding.

Not getting rid of poop dries out your whole anal cavity. Accordingly, your stool gets harder and more difficult to get rid of. As a result, it can inflame hemorrhoids. In other words, a consequence of keeping poop in can be that when you try to relieve yourself, it’ll be very painful and you may even start to see blood.

5. ConstipationConstipation can be a consequence of ignoring the urge to use the bathroom.

If you keep your stool in for a long time on a constant basis, this system will start to fail. This will cause you to lack control of your bowel movements or make your poop become hard and very difficult to get rid of.

In conclusion, don’t fight the urge to go to the bathroom. Wherever you are, if you need to go, then go. Don’t feel embarrassed: it’s something normal that happens to everyone.

Think about your health first, and take care of yourself.

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