Why you should avoid going for a ‘just in case’ pee, doc warns

Why you should avoid going for a ‘just in case’ pee, doc warns Credit: Pixabay

Why you should avoid going for a ‘just in case’ pee, doc warns. A leading professor has warned that ‘just in case’ pees can set up a vicious cycle, leaving people needing to visit the bathroom for more frequently than they should.

The expert in urogynaecology, Prof Stergios Doumouchtsis is based at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, and he has warned of the dangers of the vicious cycle. Speaking to the Sun he said: “On a circumstantial basis, it’s fine to do it.

“It’s widely done and won’t do any harm.

“But it starts affecting the bladder when you do it always – for example if you’re a school teacher and you go habitually every hour between each class. This can result in a change to the bladder.

“Essentially you senstite the bladder, it becomes more sensitive. The bladder learns to give you signals of fullness at lower volumes.

“The purpose of the bladder as a reservoir for urine can become compromised, and therefore the bladder will start needing the toilet and sending you signals or urgency too early, when the volumes of the bladder are lower, or more frequently.

“The bladder won’t necessarily become anatomically smaller. But functionally it is smaller.

“Therefore it can affect our activities because we become more engaged to the bladders’ calls.”

The professor also believes that women have this issue more frequently than men and that often it can be result of people being worried that they may have an accident.

“You see more and more women carrying a large tank or bottle of drink all the time,” said the professor.

“Having a drink of water in front of us at all times can give us a subconscious tendency to drink more.

“Sometimes we don’t realise we are overloading ourselves with drinks, and then the bladder has to work more, and then we start this vicious cycle of going to the toilet just in case. This perpetuates the problem.”

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