Why you must stop peeing in the shower now, warns expert

Before we even get to the science of this, let's face it… If you haven't done it, you've almost certainly thought about it: peeing in the shower.

What is it about giving yourself a wash and thinking "hm, now seems like the perfect time" that seems so wrong, and yet feels so right?

Seriously, we'd love to know.

The "do you, don't you?" question of relieving yourself in the shower, and not just simply the toilet, divided both viewers and celebrities alike during an episode of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here when Caitlyn Jenner admitted to the guilty pleasure.

And while we've all felt the urge, despite the loo being so close by, experts have warned that peeing in the shower could actually be damaging your pelvic floor muscles.

Urologist Dr Teresa Irwin said: "Every time you hear the sound of water your bladder is going to want to pee – because it's used to hearing the sound of the water in the shower.

"So whenever you're washing your hands, washing the dishes, your bladder is going to be salivating so to speak because it wants to go and pee."

Another piece of peeing advice came from fellow TikTok doctor, Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas.

She explained that spending a penny under a running of stream of water can teach your brain into thinking you need to pee whenever it hears running water.

So if you're just running the tap, you could get the need to pee.

Dr Jeffrey-Thomas said: "There is the overall bladder fitness perspective and the pelvic floor perspective."

She used Pavlov's dog experiment to help explain: "He rings the bell every time he puts food out for the dog, so eventually the dog starts to associate the bell, and he starts to slobber.

"Even if there's no food there.

"If you pee in the shower or turn on the faucet or turn on the shower and sit on the toilet to pee while the water is running you're creating an association in the brain between the sound of running water with having to pee."

To make matters worse, unnecessary peeing combined with pelvic floor dysfunction in your later years could lead to, well, issues in the leaking department.

Dr Jeffrey-Thomas said this could be when you wash your hands, when you hear running water, while you wash the dishes and when you go swimming.

"Unfortunately those of us who were assigned female at birth and have that anatomy were not designed to pee standing up," she added.

According to Dr Jeffrey-Thomas, women have a number of traits that can be harmful to their pelvic health, which she listed as "bad habits for your pelvic floor".

These include:

  • Pushing out your pee or poo
  • Hovering over the toilet
  • Doing tonnes of kegels without being evaluated by a pelvic floor specialist

And although there are exemptions to every rule, she also highlighted "peeing just in case" before bed, before or after sex and before a long car journey as damaging traits.

Better get working on those pelvic muscles, people.

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