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How much urine typically triggers an urge to empty the bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
A healthy adult bladder can hold between 350 milliliters (ml) and 550 ml of urine, which is about one and half to two cups. Most people feel the need to urinate when there is about 200 ml of urine in the bladder, or a little less than one cup.

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