You feel that you immediately need to go to the bathroom, but sometimes you refrain from urinating because you need to answer on your last email or to quickly end one of your tasks. You should know that this bad habit can cause you serious health problems. And here is why!
The bladder is a muscular organ of the urinary tract; it receives urine secreted by the kidneys, and then evacuates it during urination. The bladder has a filling capacity of 10 to 20 oz of liquid and this capacity is greater in women than in men.
Urination involves four main steps:
- Physiological bladder capacity reaches 10 oz
- Feeling the need to urinate (nerve impulses are transmitted through the stretch receptors in the bladder wall to higher brain centers)
- The detrusor (muscle layer of the bladder) contracts and the sphincter relaxes smoothly (muscle that controls urination)
- Urination (relaxation of the external sphincter through the somatic motor nerves).
The urinary tract of an adult can retain up to about 20 ounces of urine, but remember this much quantity of liquid could cause many adverse effects:
- Pain in the stomach
- Severe pain during urination
- Fever due to bacteria in urine that were not evacuated
If you forget to urinate regularly, you will increase the risk of several serious diseases such as urinary retention and cystitis, among others.
Urinary retention is the difficulty or even the inability to urinate and empty the bladder. This is a serious disease that is manifested by severe pain and constant discomfort. Urinary retention affects more men than women and should be treated.
Cystitis is a type of urinary infection that is manifested by inflammation of the bladder due to the spread of bacteria in this organ. It is more common in women: their urethra is short which promotes urinary infections.
Cystitis should be promptly treated because of the risk of complications. Indeed, the infection can affect the kidneys and cause of pyelonephritis.