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Avoid resisting the urge to urinate

Prevention 10 February, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


When you have the urge to urinate, the bladder expands as it fills.

As Fundación Nemours explains, the bladder of an adult can contain about a half liter (two cups) of urine at any given moment and between 1.5 liters to 6 cups throughout the day.

Frequent urination or urinating in small amounts can be a sign of disease. Here are some of the reasons why doctors recommend people not resist the urge to go to the bathroom:

1. Urinary infections: Urine, as well as water, contain waste products that the body does not need and that the kidneys are responsible for filtering. The combination of small amounts of waste, acidic substances and ammonia can damage the walls of the urinary tract and of the bladder itself.
2. Kidney stones: Some people have a greater tendency than others to experience kidney stones. Holding your urine, however, can also cause them.

3. Vesicoureteral reflux: This condition occurs when the urine goes back through the urethra and kidneys instead of being expelled, leading to infection.

4. Discomfort, cramps and fatigue: The accumulation of liquids and toxins in the bladder often leads to chills and, over time, pelvic pain. This causes fatigue and slows the body down.