Is it harmful to hold in my urine if my bladder is full?

If you hold your urine every once in a while, you’re not going to hurt yourself, but if you're constantly holding it in and you're overstretching the bladder, you may actually hurt your overall bladder function. And, if your bladder is overly full, you may cause kidney damage because there's no room for the urine to go, causing it to back up into your kidney.

It is definitely harmful to hold in urine if your bladder is full, because you can stretch out your bladder muscles; you are also at greater risk for urinary tract infections. Watch urologist Harry Fisch, MD, explain why you shouldn't hold in urine.

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