Doctor’s warning on why you should never go to the toilet ‘just in case’

Doctor’s warning on why you should never go to the toilet ‘just in case’
  • PublishedMay 12, 2024

‘Wow… This makes so much sense.’

doctor has warned everyone to stop running to the toilet “just in case” — as the habit can do more harm than good to your bladder over time.

Dr Rachel Peck said using the bathroom at the slightest feeling of having to go, despite not really needing to, could lead to increased urgency and frequency — or even leakage.

“What happens to your bladder when you do a lot of ‘just in case’ peeing?” she asked in a now-viral video.

“So ‘just in case’ right before you leave the house or because you’re passing a bathroom or you’re worried you’re not going to find one later when you don’t actually have to go… but you’re going ‘just in case’?”

The pelvic health physical therapist explained how our bladder has different levels of the sensation of needing to empty.

“Normally the bladder fills at a certain rate and, once we get to a certain point, we’ll get the first urge to go and we usually ignore that urge,” she said.

“The (first) urge is just telling us that it’s filling up, it gets a little bit farther and it sends some stronger urges and we may kind of ignore those as well and then, once it gets full, that’s when it sends us the urge like, ‘Hey you actually need to pee now’.”

But when you get into the habit of always peeing “just in case”, Dr Peck said you’re actually going to the bathroom when your bladder is not full.

Over time, you’re training your bladder to think the slightest urge of having to go is the “appropriate filling spot”.

“This is where we should be getting some of those stronger urges,” she said.

“So once it fills to that spot, it will start to send you the urges that are normally reserved for when it’s a lot more full, and that kind of tricks your brain into believing that you’re more full than you are actually are, so your bladder stops storing as much urine.”

The doctor said using the bathroom at the slightest urge can lead to increased urgency — or even leakage. Stock image.
The doctor said using the bathroom at the slightest urge can lead to increased urgency — or even leakage. Stock image. Credit: Getty Images

However, if you need to go “just in case”, Dr Peck said there were a couple of scenarios where it was “appropriate” to pee.

“(These are) right before bed, right before a really long car trip and maybe right before you to into a movie theatre,” she explained.

“It’s appropriate once in a while but if you’re in the habit of doing it all the time, that’s when it can really become a problem.”

According to Continence Foundation of Australia, a healthy bladder empties four to six times daily and can hold up to 400ml to 600ml of urine.

Her video has been viewed more than 2.1 million times — with many confessing they had no idea they were making their bladder sensitive by going to the toilet “just in case”.

“Wow… This makes so much sense,” one said.

Another shared while crying: “This triggered my sensitive bladder.”

One added: “That happen to me. I was having to go every five minutes and the urologist said the only way to fix it is to ‘retrain’ the bladder.”

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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