During a really good episode on Netflix, mid-meeting at work; in the middle of a heaving surburban shopping mall… at some point we’ve all put off going to the loo in favour of continuing the task at hand.
But how true are reports that doing so can actually be seriously dangerous for your body?
A recent SciShow episode dug deep into the issue, and it turns out there’s good news and bad news.
While holding in your pee actually can be bad for your body, that’s only the case if you do it frequently and for a really long time. Even then, it’s almost never life-threatening. Phew.
That said, there are some nasty side effects that might put you off… like infection, pain, and the odd burst bladder. Delightful.
Watch the SciShow episode here. (Post continues after video.)
You see, adult bladders are capable of holding up to half a litre of urine before you’ll get that lingering sensation of needing to pee, triggered by receptors in your bladder wall that send a signal to your brain.
Thanks to potty training as youngsters, we’re able to make the choice to either pee straight away or hold it off for a while, but that’s not without its risks.
“If you hold your pee in for long periods of time a lot, then you might find yourself facing some not-so-fun long-term effects like urinary retention [the inability to empty your bladder completely] as you age and a greater risk of infection,” says the SciShow team.