Some people were wondering in a previous thread if holding would eventually make you go incontinent. It appears to be very dangerous for your kidneys and ureters, on top of the pain already caused by holding it, not to mention the infection risks.
Well, as a curious mind, I'm wondering what would be the long-term effects of taking the habit of going to the toilet more often than needed.
If you usually need to go, say every 3 or 4 hours, and start going every 1 or 2 hours instead. You could imagine the same process at night, by waking up to go to the loo once if you were not used to wake up at night, and twice if you were already going once.
I haven't done the experiment myself, and I don't intend to. However, I wouldn't be surprised if someone had tried that before.
After a long time, would that eventually decrease your bladder capacity? Decrease the nerves hability to alert your brain and tell you when you need to go, as you now go before the nerves send any signal to your brain?
Would that decrease your sphincter's power in holding it, as it doesn't need to work as hard?
I can be wrong and I don't want to suggest any bad or dangerous idea to anyone. But although I didn't take any anatomy classes at school, it would somehow seem logical to me if this would eventually make you loose a bit the control over your own bladder. Probably not make you incontinent, but increase the wetting accidents when "you really have to go", decrease the "I need to wee" feeling, and obviously make you go more often as you got into that habit.
The thing I fear is that it could result in your sphincter and bladder to become .. atrophied. Could a bladder shrink dramatically if you don't train it to hold a lot of fluid? Could your sphincter completely block the drainage of urine? It would still be used, so I don't really see how it could get blocked.
A body part is atrophied when it is diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use . Would the atrophy result in possible incontinence?