10 Ways To Control Your Bladder When There’s No Bathroom In Sight

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Most of us would like to know the trick of controlling our bladder before we can locate a nice clean washroom for ourselves. But before we get to that, we would like to tell you, this is not a harmless habit. Controlling your bladder regularly can lead to several health issues including Urinary tract infections (UTIs). And, some of these health problems can prove to be fatal. So don’t try to hold back from peeing till you really have to. Now say you are stuck in a situation where you can’t use the washroom for the next 30 minutes. What do you do? Well, there are some tricks by which you can stall it, provided you don’t depend on it every day. Read on to know them all.

1. Pass Gas If Necessary

Pass Gas If Necessary
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We know how that sounds, and the risk involved in it, but the bladder may feel more strain if gas has built up in the digestive tract. If you’re feeling the pressure to urinate too frequently, releasing some gas may help.

2. Change Your Posture

Change Your Posture
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The connective tissue around your bladder may be tightened by shifting your body into certain positions, making it feel like you can “hold it in” for longer. Keep your back upright and your bladder relaxed by not slouching.

3. Keep Warm

Keep Warm
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Your body will respond to the sudden reduction in temperature. More urine will be generated as a result. You could wrap yourself in blankets or crank up the thermostat if you feel the need to urinate.

4. Lay Down

Lay Down
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The pressure around your bladder decreases gradually while you’re lying down, compared to when you’re standing up. Using your abs to maintain your upright position when standing puts pressure on the bladder.

5. Stand With Your Legs Crossed

Stand With Your Legs Crossed
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The urethra acts as the conduit by which urine leaves the body. If you cross your legs over this tube, you may give it a little squeeze. If you need to cross your legs to relieve bladder strain, do it while standing rather than sitting.

6. Don’t Laugh Too Hard

Don't Laugh Too Hard
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Laughter causes abdominal muscular tension, which can cause bladder strain. This increased pressure, however, causes the sphincter muscle that normally shuts the urethra against leakage to relax, allowing urine to flow out. So try not to laugh too hard when you have to pee.

7. Distract Yourself

Distract Yourself
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Nerves in the bladder provide a signal to the brain when it’s time to urinate, usually even when the bladder is about halfway full. The need to urinate may not be as pressing as it seems and might be temporarily suppressed by a diversion. Next time this happens, attempt to divert your attention elsewhere by doing anything like scrolling through your phone.

8. Tighten Your Butt

Tighten Your Butt
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The muscles of the pelvic bone that support the urinary system and are essential for bladder control. Squeezing your buttocks together for a few seconds is a simple workout that can help strengthen the muscles that control urination. This may be done while standing, sitting, or lying down.

9. Stay Out Of The Pool

Stay Out Of The Pool
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The same thing happens when swimming in cold water that was stated earlier by cold temperature. You should avoid becoming wet at all costs because venturing from a hot tub or shower into a colder environment might trigger an urgent need to use the restroom.

10. Control Your Bladder

Control Your Bladder
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It’s normal for some people to need to use the restroom more often than others. However, this might be because you’ve internalized some negative practices that, although difficult to believe, are changeable.

Even though these hacks will help you while you locate your washroom, making this a regular habit can be detrimental to your health.

  • In addition to the short-term pain, this behavior can seriously damage your urinary tract.
  • It weakens the muscles in your bladder.
  • Holding your urine in for too long can lead to incontinence, even though bladder training is commonly used to assist people with urinary incontinence to strengthen their bladders. This is because, over time, the muscles in your bladder become strained from not urinating. It might also make it hard to pee after you’ve located the restroom.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can develop when the bladder becomes contaminated with germs because of incontinence. This is because urinating helps clean up the urinary tract, including the bladder. If you don’t drink enough water, germs can proliferate and create an illness since there won’t be enough liquid throughout your system to flush it out.


  1. Urinary tract infections in adults, NCBI
  2. Urinating Standing versus Sitting: Position Is of Influence in Men with Prostate Enlargement. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, NCBI
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