Possibilities range from mildly embarrassing to straight-up unhealthy.
There's a phenomenon plaguing busy women everywhere (OK, and women who just don't feel like hitting pause on The Affair): pee procrastination. You know, the feeling that you gotta go — but then...you don't.
Whether it's because your schedule is slammed (guilty) or you're just feeling lazy (also guilty), blowing off your bladder's cue like it's some annoying guy on Tinder can have an impact on your health. "You should be urinating every four to six hours," says Lauren Streicher, M.D., an OB/GYN and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's The Feinberg School of Medicine. "If you're always holding your pee in for too long, there are consequences."
So what are we talking about here? Exploding bladders? Higher risks of cancer? A breeding ground for UTIs? Not exactly, Streicher says. But here's what can happen if you piss away — or in this case, aren't pissing away — that feeling that you need to pee.
1. An Embarrassing Accident
Just to keep it real: Peeing your pants is a real possibility because the crossingyourlegsreallytight trick is only going to work for so long. "As your bladder gets fuller and fuller, there's a good chance you aren't going to make it to the bathroom on time," Streicher says. Imagine your bladder like a water balloon that's filling up — the longer you hold off going to the bathroom, the bigger and heavier it gets. And the muscles that contract to keep your bladder sealed can only withstand the pressure for so long before it will start to leak.
So the next time the bathroom feels like 11 steps too far away and you just can't even, think about this: Do you really want to be the grown-ass woman who just peed her pants because she didn't feel like prying herself away from her deadline? It may not be a super scary medical condition, but still.