Jun 29, 2022 at 9:37 PM
Also pee while washing? About 80 percent of people sometimes use the shower as a toilet, according to American research. Environmentally friendly because you save about 7 liters of water, but according to urologists and pelvic physiotherapists you should not do this too often.
By: Naomi Defoer
“If you pee in the shower every day, your brain will associate the flowing water with urination,” says Marloes Reijman, pelvic physiotherapist and board member at the Dutch Association for Pelvic Physiotherapy (NVFB). “As soon as you turn on the tap, you have to pee. It can just happen that you are standing next to a fountain and suddenly have to pee, because your brain has learned this.”
The association also creates unjustified urges. “That can cause your pelvic floor muscle to tighten again and again, even though this is a false alarm,” says Reijman. “Due to the often unnecessary tension, the muscle becomes tired and the muscle can eventually no longer respond well to the moments when it really has to. Moments such as: real urgency, coughing, laughing and sneezing, which could eventually cause you to develop incontinence complaints.”
In addition, it can also be harmful for women to pee in the shower because of the position you adopt to pee. “A woman pees sitting down because of the anatomy,” explains the pelvic physiotherapist. “This position ensures that the pelvic floor relaxes better, the bladder neck is completely open and that a woman can urinate properly.”
More bacteria on the skin than in urine
“If you don’t urinate properly, you can get a bladder infection due to residual urine (and associated bacteria). Suppose you are in the shower and you really need to urinate, then as a woman it is better to squat down Incidentally, it would often also be better for men to urinate while sitting, to relax better.”
If you do not urinate properly, you can get a bladder infection due to residual urine.
Marloes Reijman, pelvic physiotherapist
According to urologist Cobi Reisman, it is not dirty or unhygienic to let your urine run in the shower. “Urine is waste that the kidneys filter out of your blood,” he explains. “It consists of water, electrolytes and breakdown products from the blood. It used to be thought that urine is sterile, but that is not the case. There are bacteria in urine, but there are not many. There are many more bacteria on our skin than in our urine.”
Contrary to popular belief, men’s urine does not smell stronger than women’s urine. “There is no difference here,” the urologist agrees. “The odor is influenced by the constituents of the urine and the concentration of the urine. Drinking little water leads to concentrated urine, which is therefore darker and stronger in odor. Nutrients and an infection can also influence the odor.”
Peeing in the sea
In contrast to urinating in the shower, urinating in the pool is not hygienic because urine and chlorine together can cause irritations to the respiratory tract and eyes. “It’s also not pleasant for fellow swimmers,” says Reisman. “Peing in the sea is less harmful; due to the enormous dilution, others are less bothered by it. Still, it is better to get out of the water and look for a toilet.”
If you regularly ‘urinate just to be sure’, the contents of your bladder become smaller and you therefore have to urinate faster because your bladder is full faster.
Cobi Reisman, urologist
Reijman agrees. “Once in a while won’t hurt,” says the pelvic physiotherapist. “But here too, if you do this regularly, for example during a two-week holiday, your brain gets used to it and you can therefore create an association again.”
Tricks to pee
According to the urologist and the pelvic physiotherapist, if you are unable to relax on the toilet, you can do a number of things. “Whistling, singing or just reading the newspaper”, the urologist gives as examples. It is better not to blow hard or inflate a balloon. “During the hard blowing, the pressure in the abdomen increases, so that you relax less well and the pelvic floor tightens. Regardless of whether you are sitting, it is less successful to urinate.”
Reijman makes a small comment on this. “You can blow gently on the hand behind your back to build up a light pressure downwards. This gives your body the impulse to lower your pee. But with all these tricks, you should not use them too often, because eventually it is no longer possible to urinate ‘normally’.”
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Three hours in the car
‘Peating just to be sure’ is not recommended by both. The urologist: “If you do this regularly, the contents of your bladder become smaller and you have to urinate faster because your bladder is full faster.” Moreover, this also has to do with conditioning, as the pelvic physiotherapist explained earlier. Reijman also makes a comment here: “It is better to hold your pee if you go out for a short time. But suppose you have been half an hour ago and you go again because you are then in the car for three hours, then it is It’s a different story, then it’s possible.”
If you have complaints with urination, such as frequent urination, not being able to hold your urine, not urinating properly, incontinence complaints or that urination does not start, always contact your doctor. Your GP can refer you to a urologist and/or a pelvic physiotherapist.
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