What happens when you pee

Suppressing peeing - is it harmful or a good workout?

Do I have to or do I not have to? Some always go to the toilet to pee as a precaution, others postpone emptying their bladder forever. What is harmful?

The urinary bladder is an elastic hollow organ with an immense capacity. It can absorb between 900 and 1500 milliliters of urine. As a rule, however, it sends the signal to the brain when the fill level is significantly lower: Empty, please! In women this is the case when they have around 400 milliliters in their bladder, and in men it is around 500 milliliters. The urge to urinate begins when the urine volume exceeds 300 milliliters. When exactly is individual.

Many people make a real sport of not going to the toilet

Sometimes there is just no other way. There is no loo in sight, as a woman the nearby tree does not help either, so you keep to it until your abdomen hurts. The bladder goes along with all of this because it is very flexible. This is the only way to explain that it is always possible that you actually had to pee three hours ago but still haven't been to the toilet. The bubble still does not burst. And there are no known cases in which this has happened - apart from the effects of violence through accidents.

The bladder works through a reflex

Infants must first learn to suppress the bladder's natural reflex to empty and to train the sphincter. But even if we have been able to control this reflex since infancy, this - as everyone has probably already noticed - only works to a certain extent: Then the bladder follows the reflex again and we are powerless. The mishap inevitably happens. This also proves that the bubble cannot burst, no matter how full it is. Overfilling is just not possible with healthy people. And you don't train your bladder that way either. It's a myth.

In people with so-called urinary retention, it happens that they cannot empty the bladder despite the urge to urinate. At some point the sphincter gives way and those affected lose urine drop by drop. One then speaks of what is known as overflow incontinence. This condition can be very painful and put a strain on the kidneys. She needs treatment.

What happens if you constantly go to the toilet as a precaution?

"Who has to go to the bathroom again?" Is a common question in families before going on excursions. Everyone should then urinate again, so the request. And many - especially women - have got used to going to the toilet before leaving the house. Do you get yourself a weak bubble like that? Not directly. However, anyone who does not suffer from incontinence and still constantly wanders to the toilet is doing this more out of a habit. This creates the subjective feeling of having to pee frequently.

This is not necessary with an intact bladder sphincter. A healthy adult should be able to hold at least 300 milliliters in the bladder. To find out whether you can do this without any problems, you can collect the urine in a measuring cup as soon as the urge to pee has returned. Anyone below 300 milliliters may have a bladder or urinary tract disease and should have this checked out by a doctor.

Important NOTE: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.