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Is it bad to "hold it"—as in, not go pee—for long periods of time? If so, how long is too long?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Holding in your urine for long periods of time may predispose to urinary tract infections.
Doing this chronically can even increase your risk for incontinence later in life. Try to urinate when you first feel the urge.

In brief: Yes
Holding in your urine for long periods of time may predispose to urinary tract infections.
Doing this chronically can even increase your risk for incontinence later in life. Try to urinate when you first feel the urge.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can be
If you chronically hold your urine for many hours, you increase the risk of getting a bladder infection, and if you really hold it too long, your bladder might stretch enough so that you can't empty your bladder for a few days, and might need a catheter.
To shrink it. This is more likely if you are older, than it you are a young adult.

In brief: Can be
If you chronically hold your urine for many hours, you increase the risk of getting a bladder infection, and if you really hold it too long, your bladder might stretch enough so that you can't empty your bladder for a few days, and might need a catheter.
To shrink it. This is more likely if you are older, than it you are a young adult.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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