Peeing in the shower might feel convenient if you get the urge to go in the middle of shampooing your hair, but the habit can have some unforeseen consequences such as a bladder leak, according to a doctor on TikTok.
Why you should not pee during a shower?
Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, a Boston-based doctor of physical therapy, told her 467,000 followers you shouldn’t pee in the shower because it can train your brain to associate the sound of running water with urinating.
“If you pee in the shower or turn on the faucet or turn on the shower and then sit on the toilet to pee while the water’s running, you’re creating an association in your brain between the sound of running water and having to pee,” Jeffrey-Thomas said in a TikTok.
According to Jeffrey-Thomas, the brain association, paired with bladder floor dysfunction, could lead to more bladder leaks when you’re doing basic tasks like washing the dishes or swimming. Particularly, peeing in the shower poses a challenge for people assigned female at birth.
“Unfortunately, those of us who were assigned female at birth and have that anatomy were not designed to pee standing up,” Jeffrey-Thomas said. “Your pelvic floor isn’t going to relax enough which means we’re not really going to be emptying out our bladder super well.”
Tips to stay away from the bladder leak
Jeffrey-Thomas recommends ignoring the urge to pee when you’re in the shower to avoid drawing the connection in your brain. Instead, wait until your shower is over and the sound of running water is off to do your business.
As people get older, the bladder also changes. We need to be aware of the bladder changes and common medical problems, including bladder infections, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections.
While you can’t control everything that affects bladder health, there are some steps you can take to improve bladder health.
- Drink enough fluids, especially water. Most healthy people should try to drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. Water is the best fluid for bladder health. At least half of fluid intake should be water. Some people need to drink less water because of certain conditions, such as kidney failure or heart disease.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine. Cutting down on alcohol and caffeinated foods and drinks—such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and most sodas—may help.
- Quit smoking. If you smoke, take steps to quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
- Avoid constipation. Eating plenty of high-fiber foods (like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits), drinking enough water, and being physically active can help prevent constipation. Check out How to Detox Your Body With pH Diet or Alkaline Diet Effectively
- Keep a healthy weight. Making healthy food choices and being physically active can help you keep a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help prevent bladder problems, as well as constipation. It can also help you keep a healthy weight.
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises. Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, help hold urine in the bladder. Daily exercises can strengthen these muscles, which can help keep urine from leaking when you sneeze, cough, lift, laugh, or have a sudden urge to urinate.
- Use the bathroom often and when needed. Try to urinate at least every 3 to 4 hours. Holding urine in your bladder for too long can weaken your bladder muscles and make a bladder infection more likely.
- Take enough time to fully empty the bladder when urinating. Rushing when you urinate may not allow you to fully empty the bladder. If urine stays in the bladder too long, it can make a bladder infection more likely.
- Be in a relaxed position while urinating. Relaxing the muscles around the bladder will make it easier to empty the bladder. For women, hovering over the toilet seat may make it hard to relax, so it is best to sit on the toilet seat.