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Go Pee!

By Adrinece Beard
On October 7, 2016

People have a tendency to hold onto things that aren’t necessarily good for them. Urine happens to be one. 

Surely, I’m not the only one who has sprinted to the bathroom. Other than inconveniencing yourself, your bladder’s health could be at risk. Making a habit of ignoring nature’s call can eventually lead to something called urinary retention, a real pain in the renal system. It is characterized by the inability to urinate while feeling like your bladder will erupt. It is one of the signs of urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections or worse cases, sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

Normally, bacteria found in the colon or rectum are flushed from the body via frequent urination. Hint, hint. This is important for women, especially before and after sex. However, sexually active or not, females are more likely than males to contract UTIs. Why? A female has a shorter urethra, the tube that empties urine from the bladder, than her male counterpart. This is also why men can retain their bladders longer with minimal discomfort. Sorry feminists!

Regardless of gender, one UTI could mean getting use to them if preventive measures are not taken. The most obvious is to empty your bladder often, meaning every 2-3 hours. If you drink about 8 glasses of water each day, this will not be a problem for you. Some believe cranberries, in the form of supplements or 100% juice, can also be effective against UTIs. Unless you notice discharge, color changes, odor, or unexpected blood in your urine, then be your own judge. Otherwise, you should seek medical attention. 


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