Doctors warn NOW to stop peeing in the shower – and the exact position you should sit in each time to avoid health problems
- Urogynecologist Dr Teresa Irwin has made a case for not peeing in the shower
- She states that it trains the bladder to want to urinate when it hears water
- This theory was supported in 2021 by Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas
- Other medical professionals have shared the correct way to pee while sitting
Doctors have revealed why peeing in the shower is bad for your bladder for both men and women – and outlined the right way for women to go to the toilet while sitting
Urogynecologist Dr. Teresa Irwin nam TikTok to share her musings on the subject, stating that while it will empty the bladder correctly while standing, it also trains your brain to release urine every time you hear water flowing.
“You don’t want to do it all the time because every time you hear the sound of water your bladder wants to pee — because it’s used to hearing the sound of the water in the shower,” she explained. †
Urogynecologist Dr. Teresa Irwin took to TikTok to share her musings on the subject, stating that while it will empty the bladder correctly while standing, it also trains your brain to release urine every time you hear water flowing.
“So if you wash your hands, do the dishes, your bladder is going to drool, so to speak, because it wants to pee.”
dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, a pelvic floor therapist in Boston, agreed with Dr. Irwin, describing the dangerous side effects that can occur from peeing under a running stream of water.
“If you pee while the water is running, you create an association in your brain between the sound of running water and having to pee,” she told her 468,000 followers on TikTok in 2021.
dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas took to TikTok to explain to her 465,000 followers that people should stop peeing in the shower
Without a strong pelvic floor, this “could potentially lead to leakage issues if you hear running water outside the shower,” she added.
Not to mention people born with female anatomy “aren’t made to pee standing up.”
Apparently even with one leg up in “Captain Morgan” pose, Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas modeled in the video, ‘not relaxing your pelvic floor properly, which means we’re really not going to empty our bladder super ‘good’.
“So try to pee before you turn on the shower and if you get the urge to pee while you’re there, try to ignore it,” Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas recommended.
The doctor referred to scientist Ivan Pavlov’s famous experiment with dogs that led to the discovery of the phenomenon of classical conditioning.
“It rings every time he puts out food for the dogs, so eventually the dog starts to associate the bell (with food) and starts salivating even when there’s no food,” explains Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas.
In a series titled How To Train Your Bladder, Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas ways people can “prevent leaks” when they hear the sound of running water outside the shower.
In a series titled How To Train Your Bladder, the doctor is instructed to try to use the bathroom only “three to four times a day, but at least two.”
“Ideally, you shouldn’t get up at night,” Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas explained.
Also, say goodbye to going ‘just in case’ because ‘the goal is to ride the wave so we don’t give in to that high level of intensity to deal with… nor do we leak’, she added .
If you constantly give in to the urge to go to the toilet right away, you train your brain to send that signal to your body more often.
The 30-year-old posted more videos on her TikTok about the harmful effects of peeing in the shower and commenters replied that they were ‘just trying to save water’
Townsville Hospital’s Director of Urogynecology and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at James Cook University Professor Ajay Rane told Mamamia that there is a correct way for women to urinate.
“Given the construction of the Western closet, the correct posture is to sit on the toilet with your feet flat on the floor because flat feet promote relaxation of your thigh muscles and your pelvic muscles,” said Prof. Rane at an American Urogynecology Society. Meeting on ‘The Perfect Pee’ in 2004.
“You have your elbows on your knees and you lean forward as if you were reading a newspaper on the floor. This promotes efficient emptying of both your bowels and your bladder.’
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