Doctors have revealed why peeing in the shower is hazardous for both men and women’s bladders, as well as the proper manner for women to go to the bathroom while sitting down.
Dr Teresa Irwin, a urogynaecologist, took to TikTok to give her thoughts on the matter, claiming that while it will empty the bladder appropriately while standing up, it also trains your brain to discharge urine every time you hear water running.
‘You don’t want to do it all the time because your bladder will want to urinate every time you hear the sound of water since it’s used to hearing the sound of water in the shower,’ she stated.
‘So if you’re washing your hands or doing the dishes, your bladder will be drooling because it has to urinate.’
Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas (left), a pelvic floor therapist in Boston, agreed with Dr. Irwin, describing the harmful side effects of peeing while standing under a rushing stream of water.
If you pee while the shower is running then you’re creating an association in your brain between the sound of running water and having to pee.
Without a strong pelvic floor, this could potentially lead to some leak issues when you hear running water outside of the shower, not to mention that people born with female anatomy were not built to urinate standing up.
Dr Jeffrey-Thomas referred to scientist Ivan Pavlov’s renowned dog experiment, which led to the discovery of classical conditioning.
‘He rings the bell every time he puts food out for the dogs so eventually the dog starts to associate the bell (with food), even if there’s no food there,’ he said.
The doctor’s orders in a series titled How To Train Your Bladder are to try and say goodbye to getting up at night to go ‘just in case’ – you should only be going a minimum of two times a day.
If you’re constantly giving in to the urge to go, then you’re training your brain to send that signal to your body more often.
Professor Ajay Rane, Director of Urogynaecology at Townsville Hospital, told podcast Mamamia that there is a proper way for women to pee.
‘Given the design model of the western closet, the right posture is to sit on the toilet with your feet flat on the ground, because flat feet promote relaxation of your thigh muscles and pelvic muscles,
Prof. Rane explained in 2004 at an American Urogynaecology Society Meeting on ‘The Perfect Pee.’ ‘You have your elbows on your knees and you lean forward as if you are reading a newspaper,’ This posture encourages effective bowel and bladder emptying, he said.
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