Doctor Explains Why Women Shouldn’t Pee In The Shower

Sometimes gals find themselves having to pee when they’re taking a shower, and while it may not seem like such a bad idea to just let it go, since it’s going down a drain anyway, one expert says ther's are plenty of good reasons why women should hold it in.

Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas,a certified pelvic floor physical therapist with a doctorate in physical therapy, has gone viral on TikTok explaining why women should never pee in the shower. She says the biggest reason is by doing so, you are training your bladder to have to go whenever it hears running water, which isn’t a good thing.

“Your bladder relies on signals it gets both from the stretch of the bladder walls as it fills, as well as signals from the brain which let it know when to contract to urinate,” she explains in an interview with BuzzFeed. “We want to avoid training our bladder to associate certain signals with the urge to pee.” She says peeing in the shower could eventually make you feel like you have to pee every time you hear or are in water. She says while for some it may not be a big deal, those with any form of pelvic floor dysfunction can wind up with “urge incontinence,” meaning “leaking urine when you have the urge to use the restroom.”

Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas also says that women’s anatomy isn’t exactly made for peeing in the shower, meaning the position “is not conducive to pelvic floor relaxation.” She adds that urinating while standing or hovering means you have to “bypass these normal continence mechanisms,” which could lead to problems. 

  • "Shower peeing may seem like a silly thing to focus on, but there are many small habits that contribute to our overall bladder function and pelvic floor function,” she says. “This is all about preventing problems later in life." 


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