We Asked A Doc: Is It Really Bad To Hold In Pee?
March 9, 2016
It’s probably safe to assume you’ve held in pee at some point or another. Ladies, let’s be honest. Public restrooms are not always the most sanitary, especially when it comes to sitting down on a toilet. To get to the bottom of this common issue, I asked my uncle, Frederick Gulmi, MD, Chief of Urology at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, for his professional opinion.
Unlike guys who can basically urinate anywhere, women might refuse to use public restrooms, which inhibits them to go to the bathroom when they need. It’s surprising this public restroom factor would truly be a major cause for concern, but Dr. Gulmi says it really is a serious problem women face today.
If you wait to use the bathroom and hold your urine all day, that’s no good. Dr. Gulmi says, “The problem with this approach is that over time the bladder will gradually enlarge, hold more urine and over many years may not “work as well,” meaning, not empty itself.” He continued, “This can lead to problems as women grow older with recurrent urinary tract infections, more frequent urination and, in the worst case scenario, inability to empty the bladder and need for catheterization to drain the bladder.”
Bottom line? When you have to go to the bathroom outside the comfort of your home, try to find an acceptable restroom and not hold it in all day. In the wise words of my uncle, “empty thine bladder.”