I am a 23 year old female. I have a habit to hold my urine for a long period of time (mainly at work because I dont like to break from a task before finishing). I do this al most everyday for months now. I have noticed that if and when I hold my urine for too long, I'll get these extremely painful cramps that make me curl up.
When I do finally go, the urine freely flows. I get the urge to urinate rather frequently (at least once every two hours).
One time of holding for such a long period, it took a moment for the urine to actually flow.
Is this damaging? Am I setting myself up for more problems or risks?
I'm not a dr. but I know that the longer you hold your urine the higher risk you are for UTI's to develope because urine held for long periods of time gives bacteria a nice place to thrive.Do you drink alot of fluids during the day?If so maybe try cutting back a little,but not to the point of dehydration of course.
I have a job with limited time, but i am a person who doesnt need to drink much and so i dont need to use the bathroom too often. i dont stop myself from drinking, i just dont feel the need to.
but as you all have probably experienced, when you go out with friends and have a few beers, you need to use the bathroom more often,that is the time i usually hold it for a long time, i guess this happens max. ONCE A WEEK. every now and then anyone can get extremely desperate on the way home after a night out drininkg. can that be harmfulI?? if its not somethin being done every day?
I can understand the bacteria problem, but that would be something that could, if needed, be cured. Unless very unlucky.
but why can it damage your body/kidney etc.. ? Doesn't the human body have a protective "reaction" or something, that would force him to empty the bladder/relax muscles before it becomes a danger?
Needing to urinate every 2 hours is unusual. I'm alarmed at the statement that you are having difficulty voiding. It is important to speak to a urologist and make sure this is not a sign of a serious problem. Check out https://www.cornellurology.com/clinical-conditions/female-urology-urogynecology/female-voiding-dysfunction/
for some background. Good luck and for what its worth I know how difficult it is to break off an interesting project.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.