Do you pee before you leave the house even if you do not really feel like you have to go? Find out why peeing "just in case" might cause you to urinate more!
HuffPo reports health experts warn against this practice and note, "[It] is not good for your bladder, and might even make you pee more because you’re essentially training your bladder to empty itself before it needs to."
If you are one of the many people who feel the need to go to urinate in advance, find out what the health experts feel you need to know about this practice.
Listen to your bladder first, and not your schedule: Indiana University School of Medicine assistant professor of urology Marcelino Rivera says preemptively peeing will not likely wreak havoc on your bladder, but stresses you should only pee when your body indicates the need. “People should really listen to their body,” he tells HuffPo. “Use the bathroom as frequently as your body tells you to go.”
Holding your pee for too long is not ideal either: Just like going when you do not need to pee, not going and attempting to train yourself to hold it is not suggested by health experts. “The bladder is essentially a layer of inner skin ... and the wall of the bladder is mostly muscle,” Rivera explains. “Just like the rest of the muscles in your body, if these layers of muscle get overstretched, they will become injured. And with the bladder, when it becomes injured, it does not squeeze as well.”
If you are dealing with urinary incontinence or frequent UTIs, speak to your doctor: As always, if you have bladder issues, it is important to work with your healthcare provider to determine the proper treatment, which may include scheduled bathroom trips and targeted bladder training
You might be wondering if you pee too frequently or not enough. Of course, this will depend on many factors like age, health, and fluids you are drinking, but most health experts say the average number of times people should pee is 6 to 8 times in 24 hours.
Additionally, Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, a Los Angeles–based physical therapist with an emphasis in pelvic floor health, told BuzzFeed she tells patients to NOT urinate "just in case." "When the neurologic connection between the bladder and the pelvic floor becomes dysfunctional, instead of the pelvic floor contracting to maintain continence, they relax and the bladder contracts in a setting where it is not appropriate to do so, and urinary leakage may result — in your car, in the hall on the way to the bathroom, etc." she explained.
She also added that most people should pee "once every two to three hours" and during the night "you should be getting a minimum of six hours of straight sleep before your bladder wakes you up."
The bottom line: It is best to pee when you actually need to, and not before.