Continually trying to hold in pee is not only uncomfortable, it can harm the bladder and other parts of the body. Anyone with concerns about their urinary health should talk to a doctor. This article describes how much the bladder can hold, how often to empty it, and which health issues typically affect urination. The bladder is the organ that receives urine from the kidneys via the ureters, which are thin, muscular tubes. The bladder is muscular and expandable; it fills with urine as the kidneys continuously filter the liquid. When the bladder expands to a certain extent, fibers that detect stretch in the bladder send signals to the brain, indicating the need to pee.
How long can you hold in your pee: Timing and dangers
Jump to content. Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Most people will have some kind of urinary problem or injury in their lifetime. Urinary tract problems and injuries can range from minor to more serious. Sometimes, minor and serious problems can start with the same symptoms. Many urinary problems and injuries are minor, and home treatment is all that is needed to relieve your symptoms. See pictures of the female urinary system and male urinary system.
Many children wet themselves because they've acquired an abnormal pattern of urination in which the various parts of the urinary tract are not working together. That pattern can be changed into a normal one with a proper training program. Some children hold their urine for extensive periods and overstretch their bladders. When they finally do urinate, it's with perfectly normal coordination.
Bladder dysfunction is a term used for a range of problems with the way the bladder holds and releases urine. For children, there may be a problem with the way the bladder and urethra work together. A child may experience wetting accidents. See More See Less.