Bathroom procrastination? When you gotta go, you gotta go. You know that feeling, when you put off peeing until your legs are crossed and you can hardly limp to finally park yourself on the throne. Our bladder function is an automatic process in the body, it is our brains that decide when to visit the bathroom. Sometimes, peeing just lands at the bottom of your to-do list, but how does that influence our health?
The physical capacity of how long someone can hold their pee varies on a few things. There’s currently no official record set for the longest someone has gone without peeing, but holding it in is not advised. Most of the time women can hold urine for three to six hours. It may also depend on the amount of urine that someone makes, which is determined by hydration status and fluid intake.
The risks of this is that the longer you hold your urine, the bladder can become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. This bacteria can lead to infections, which can spread to kidneys and cause greater damage to the body. Also, holding your bladder in might put you at risk of developing frequent urinary tract infections or a chronic inflammation of the bladder known as interstitial cystitis. In men, holding the bladder may lead to prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the prostate gland.
Furthermore, if you’re able to get through the day without urinating, that means you’re most likely not drinking enough water, which results in dehydration, a physical state that’s hardly helpful to a work productivity.
To conclude, holding it in won’t kill you, it just might make you more prone to urinary tract infections, according to Business Insider.
So, when you’ve got to go, try and make your way to the toilet before you become uncomfortable. But if you have to hold it, you can sit tight knowing your inconvenience is unlikely to lead to an infection.