- Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas WARNED of the danger of going to urinate “just in case”.
- The doctor affirms that she only recommends urinating “just in case”, in case one is in a car for more than an hour, goes to bed or is about to have sex.
- After revealing that the majority of his patients resort to this habit, he reported the origin of this.
The doctor Alice Jeffrey-Thomaswho works as a pelvic floor physiotherapist at the Greater Boston Urology, ALERT of the danger of going to urinate “just in case”.
This goes against everything your mom taught you.
I know it sounds contradictory and goes against everything your momma taught you. I’m just here trying to save your bladder.”in addition to adding going to the bathroom to urinate “just in case” can be very harmful: “Your bladder has three levels of sensation of fullness”, to then ensure that the first is the level of consciousness, the second orders to make a plan to use the bathroom; while the third is what she calls “panic button”which is nothing more than a bladder that is about to “overflow”.
In that sense, she explains that if a person uses the bathroom regularly before reaching the second level, the bladder will send one feeling of urinating before: “Over time, this compresses these three levels together. So the difference between feeling like there’s some urine in your bladder and feeling that panic button like you’re about to pee your pants will happen in a much shorter time.”.
Recommendations to not affect health
Jeffrey-Thomas states that it only recommends urinating”just in case”, in case one is inside a car for more than an hour, goes to bed or is about to have sex.
TheDailyDot talked to the doctor, who explained: “The normal time between bathroom trips is every 2 to 4 hours during waking hours and you do not need to wake up at night to urinate with the exception of 1 time per night if you are over 65 or pregnant. Pee ‘just in case‘ is one of the most common habits I see in my patients because it’s an easy adaptation to fall back on if they have urinary urgency or leakage, but unfortunately it only makes problems worse over time”.
After revealing that most of his patients resort to this habit, he recounted the origin of this: “A lot of that comes from when we were potty trained as kids and then we kept up the habit. And also from restrictive school and work environments that do not allow people to listen to the signals of their bodies and plan “.
In one of her videos, she explains:
“Passing the air is not good for the muscles. When your bladder reaches a certain threshold, it contracts to empty urine, and the pelvic floor muscles relax and move away so urine can flow. If we are floating, our pelvic floor is not going to relax.”.
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