12 Things You Should Know About Your Bladder (But Probably Don’t)
You’ve been peeing every since you were born. Nope, strike that. You’ve been peeing since before you were born.
“Just a couple of months into their development, little humans begin peeing freely into the amniotic fluid that surrounds them in the womb,” reports MentalFloss.
Since you and your bladder have been together so long, one might assume that you know a lot about each other, but that’s not always the case. Finding bladder leakage solutions that actually work depends on having a good idea of where your bladder is, what it looks like, and why it acts the way it does.
So let’s get to know our bladders better, shall we? After all, they’ve been helping to store and rid our bodies of fluid waste for many years.
Here are 12 things you should know about your bladder, but probably don’t.
- The average bladder holds sixteen ounces (2 cups) of urine. That’s about as much as an entire can of soda.
- It’s not normal for sleep to be interrupted because you have to get up and pee.
- Bladder leakage isn’t a normal part of the aging process. Urinary incontinence is very common, but never normal at any age.
- The bladder is a stretchy, muscular bag that sits just behind the pubic bone.
- Urinary incontinence isn’t just a problem for older women who’ve given birth. In fact, bladder leakage is a common problem for elite athletes of both genders.
- The inside of the bladder is covered with a urine-proof lining called the urothelium.
- A healthy bladder should be able to remain full for about 5 hours before excretion, depending on the amount of liquid consumed.
- The detrusor muscle in your bladder contains sensors, which alert your body to the amount of urine contained in your bladder. They also assist with emptying your bladder (via Spinal Hub).
- Your brain controls your bladder by sending messages to tell it when to hold on and when to empty (via Continence.org).
- Women’s urethrae (tubes that take urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) are much shorter than men’s due to the differences in genitalia. This means that women are more at risk of bladder infections than men as bacteria from outside the body can get into the bladder more easily (via Cairn Technology).
- When your bladder is full, it swells into a round shape like a balloon. If you hold your urine for too long, the bladder becomes pear shaped. You may even be able to see this swelling in your abdominal areal. When you pee, it shrinks back down to its original shape.
- Many diseases and conditions can originate in the bladder. “The most common bladder problems I see in my practice in women are frequent urges to urinate and leakage of urine,” S. Adam Ramin, urologic surgeon and founder of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles, told LiveScience.
How many of these bladder facts were surprising to you? Tell us in the comments.
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