Doctors warn women to stop peeing in the shower NOW – and the exact position you should sit in every time to prevent health problems
- Urogynaecologist Dr Teresa Irwin has made a case for not peeing in the shower
- She argues that it trains the bladder to want to pee when it hears water
- This theory was backed up by Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas in 2021
- Other medical professionals have shared the correct way to pee sitting down
A group of doctors have revealed why peeing in the shower is terrible for your bladder and outlined the correct way to go to the toilet sitting down.
Urogynaecologist Dr Teresa Irwin took to TikTok to share her musings on the subject, stating that while it will empty the bladder correctly while standing up, it also trains your brain to release urine every time you hear water running.
‘You don’t want to do it all the time because what happens is 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,’ she explained .
Urogynaecologist Dr Teresa Irwin took to TikTok to share her musings on the subject, stating that while it will empty the bladder correctly while standing up, it also trains your brain to release urine every time you hear water running
‘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.’
Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, who is a Boston-based pelvic floor therapist, agreed with Dr Irwin, detailing the dangerous side effects that can come from peeing while standing under a running stream of water.
‘If you pee while the water is running then you’re creating 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 some leak issues when you hear running water outside of the shower,’ she added.
Not to mention people born with female anatomy ‘were not designed to pee standing up’.
Apparently even with one leg up in the ‘Captain Morgan’ pose Dr Jeffrey-Thomas modeled in the video, ‘you’re pelvic floor isn’t going to relax properly, which means we’re really not going to be emptying our bladder super well’.
‘So try to pee before you ever turn on the shower water and if you get the urge to pee while you’re in there try to ignore it,’ Dr Jeffrey-Thomas recommended.
The doctor referenced scientist Ivan Pavlov’s famous experiment with dogs that led to the discovery of the phenomenon 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) and he starts to slobber even if there’s no food there,’ Dr Jeffrey-Thomas explained.
In a series titled How To Train Your Bladder, Dr Jeffrey-Thomas offered ways people can ‘avoid leaks’ when they hear the sound of running water outside of the shower
In a series titled How To Train Your Bladder, the doctor’s orders are to try and use the bathroom only ‘three to four times during the day but a minimum of two’.
‘Ideally, you shouldn’t be getting up at night,’ Dr Jeffrey-Thomas explained.
Say goodbye to going ‘just in case,’ too, because ‘the goal is to ride the wave so that we’re not giving in at that high level of intensity to go…and also not leaking,’ she added.
If you’re constantly giving in to the urge to go to the bathroom right away, then you’re training 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 are responding that they’re ‘just tryna save water’
Townsville Hospital’s Director of Urogynaecology and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at James Cook University Professor Ajay Rane told Mamamia that there is a correct way for women to pee.
‘Given the construction of the western closet, the appropriate posture is to sit on the toilet with your feet flat on the ground, because flat feet promote relaxation of your thigh muscles and your pelvic muscles,’ Prof. Rane said at an American Urogynaecology Society Meeting on ‘The Perfect Pee’ back in 2004.
‘You have your elbows on your knees and you lean forward as if you are reading a newspaper on the floor. This promotes efficient emptying of both your bowel and bladder.’