People are restless in travel; Especially on the bus. Apart from this, many times we compulsively or lazily hold urine. But you know what? Due to this serious physical problems can occur.
Urology department medical officer and surgeon Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal.
There are no set guidelines for how long you can safely hold your urine, this expert says. Holding urine for any length of time can be dangerous. Pregnant women are already at risk for urinary tract infections. As a result, urinary retention while pregnant can further increase this risk.
There are five possible side effects of holding urine:
Pain: People who ignore the urge to urinate regularly may experience pain or discomfort in the bladder or kidneys. When a person finally reaches the bathroom, pain may also occur while urinating. The muscles may become partially contracted after urination, which can lead to pelvic cramps.
Urinary tract infection: In some cases, prolonged retention of urine can cause bacterial growth. This can lead to urinary tract infection (UTI). Many doctors recommend avoiding urination for long periods of time. Because it can increase the risk of UTI.
People who do not drink enough fluids are at higher risk of developing UTIs. Symptoms of a UTI are:
Burning or stinging sensation during urination
Pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen
Constant urge to empty the bladder
Strong or foul-smelling urine
Discoloration of urine
Consistently dark urine
There may even be blood in the urine
Bladder distension: Regular retention of urine over a long period of time can lead to bladder distension. This can make it difficult or impossible for the bladder to contract normally and release urine. If a person has a distended bladder, additional measures such as a catheter may be needed.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Damage: Frequent urinary retention can damage the pelvic floor muscles. One of these muscles is the urethral sphincter, which closes the urethra to prevent urine from escaping. Damage to this muscle can lead to urinary incontinence.
Kidney Stones: Retention of urine can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
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