What is urinary retention?

By Dr. James M Sears
Updated 2021-02-17 19:29:24 | Published 2018-09-08 19:55:49
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You need to go to the toilet and you cannot hold it any more, but you are too interested in watching the movie or hurry to finish an important project. A common situation, isn’t it? Keep in mind: regular disregard of urge to urinate can lead to dangerous consequences.

Regardless of whether you are working hard or just being lazy and ignore the bladder signals this affects your health. You must visit the toilet every four to six hours; otherwise there may be negative consequences.

The urocyst muscular membrane stretches equivalently to the amount of fluid which gets in, which causes the nerve endings to send signals to the brain, telling you that it's time to go to the toilet. If you do not do this, a permanent overflow of the urocyst can lead to the erosion of its walls, a violation of the outflow of urine and the development of some dangerous diseases. So, girls, for example, may suffer from cystitis or urethritis. Therefore, it is necessary to empty the urocyst in time, as soon as you get the “signal”.

For example, permanent containment of waste products may lead to dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles.

Eventually, this can lead to loss of control over the functions of the bladder. Of course, this will not happen after one or two cases when you are stuck in a traffic jam and just could not reach the toilet.

Do you remember the feeling when you release what has been held for a long time? The feeling of long-awaited relief, as it may seem at first glance. But if you hold it too long, relief does not come even after you release of your burden. Same can happen with a full urocyst.

If you do not go to the toilet in time, at some point you can experience a pain in the lower abdomen. And it may not pass even after the long-awaited urination. The point is that the muscles were so tense that they cannot relax, which resulted in the pain caused by spasms.
It ought to be said that fortunately, due to a long retention of urine, the bladder does not burst, but, of course, it will be stretched. What are the consequences of a stretched bladder? One of the main things: you stop feeling the signals sent by the brain to the body to empty the bladder.

By the way, there is one very interesting opinion – many people hold out not because there is no toilet. It turns out that they are simply embarrassed to use public lavatories! As a rule, this problem originates in the childhood, so in some cases only a psychologist can help to cope with it. At the same time, this problem in the majority of cases is a fringe concern. Just think how does each of us differ from other? Just may be in appearance and character. But when it comes to emptying the urocyst, there are absolutely no differences.

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