It is something that has happened to all of us at some time: having the urge to urinate and not finding the right place or a service nearby to be able to do it . This makes us have to resort to the mind to try not to think about going to the toilet, although as more time passes, it ends up becoming the only thought that invades us.
There are many people who are able to endure without urinating for a long period of time, although that is not the healthiest for our body. Without going any further, the great astronomer of the Renaissance, Tycho Brahe, one of the eminences of sky observation of the time, before Newton or Copernicus arrived , died of an organic failure caused by not going to urinate. This cost him his life and the power to continue his investigations.
What happens if we stop going to the toilet?
The only thing that can happen to us is what happened to poor Tycho. Our urinary bladder is capable of storing up to 500 milliliters of fluid on average, although there have been cases in which it has exceeded two liters in a bladder.
This does not mean that enduring without going to the toilet is synonymous with good health, quite the opposite. Holding the urine can cause irreversible damage to the urinary system, which could cause death.
The two fundamental muscles, sphincter and otrusor, which act unconsciously, sending signals to our brain to expel urine. This can be ignored, so we can hold the urge, to some extent.
How long can we go without urinating?
This is a difficult question to answer. It all depends on the amount of liquids we have ingested, which will determine more or less time. At normal levels, in two hours we should have reached 350 milliliters. From here our body could say that it will become “nervous” and require that we empty the urine that we carry inside.
For many, passing the first temptation to urinate is the key to holding on for many more minutes afterward. And it is that according to many studies, cases have been dated where you can endure up to 3 hours without going to the toilet drinking water in a normal way, and up to 10 to 15 hours drinking a low amount of liquids.
As we say, doing the test to hold more or less urine is not recommended for our body since, if we reach a limit, our body may not hold it.