Delaying going to the toilet until a more convenient time can have a negative impact on your health, warns urologist Maxim Salnikov.
One aspect to consider is possible problems with the bladder and upper urinary tract. An overfilled bladder can lead to a condition known as vesicoureteral reflux, where urine flows back into the kidneys.
This can lead to urinary tract infections. Some people also have underlying medical conditions that could be exacerbated by holding back urine.
For example, older men with a prostate adenoma may develop acute urinary retention, requiring immediate interventions such as bladder catheterization. Although this is rare, there is still a risk.
A prostate adenoma, a benign enlargement of the prostate, can also cause problems for men and women when going to the toilet. An enlarged prostate can compress the urinary tract and make urination difficult.
The doctor emphasizes that the “better not to comply” rule applies to everyone, and if there is an opportunity to use the toilet, one should do so without delay. However, there are cases when a person cannot immediately find a toilet.
In such situations, it is necessary to comply if it is urgent. However, it should be noted that if there is no use of the toilet throughout the day, this is a serious alarm signal and a reason to see a doctor.
This could be an indication of serious kidney, bladder, or prostate disease.
The number of trips to the toilet can vary for each person, but the average norm is around eight to nine times a day for adults. The expert also points out that it is normal to wake up once a night to use the toilet.
He adds that the frequency of urination depends on the amount and type of fluids consumed. Infrequent toilet visits with moderate drinking are not a cause for concern, Medium 76 reports.
Holding in urine can have negative consequences for our bodies. When strong urges to visit the toilet occur, it is better not to put it off, especially given the possible complications and illnesses that can result.
Everyone is unique, and their toileting needs may vary, but observation and vigilance regarding health are always paramount.
If there is even the slightest suspicion of problems with toileting, one should not hesitate to consult a specialist to get qualified medical help and prevent the development of serious diseases.
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