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Health expert reveals potential dangers of going to the toilet 'just in case'

An expert has outlined the potential problems that can arise as a result of going to the toilet when you don't really need.

We're all probably guilty of doing it, especially in situations like long car journeys or before you go out for a walk. But although it seems sensible, this habit can wreak havoc on your pelvic floor.

That's according to Tiffany Sequeira, pelvic health physiotherapist who often posts helpful and informative content on Instagram under the handle @gynaegirl. She says you should always wait until you need to go, in order to keep your pelvic floor in good working condition.

Wales Online reports that going too soon can put a strain on your bladder, and can end up confusing the signs in your brain - leading to discomfort with your pelvic floor.

Speaking to the Metro, Tiffany said: "Generally, as the bladder fills, the stretch of urine pressing against the bladder wall creates signals to your brain that results in the following series of urges, eventually resulting in you making it to the toilet and passing urine."

She added: "Going on that first signal to pass urine – or even worse going when you don't feel the urge to pass urine 'just in case' – can result in a bladder signaling dysfunction. Over time your bladder becomes accustomed to passing urine at a lower capacity than normal resulting in a 'weak bladder', as some refer to."

A recent study from Intimna found that 44% of women have experienced weakened pelvic floor muscles, whilst over half 58% say that they release a little bit of urine when they laugh, sneeze, or carry something heavy.

However, there is a certain stigma surrounding pelvic health that means many of us are reluctant to talk about it.

According to the NHS, pelvic floor exercises can help

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