IT’S completely natural, and everyone urinates every day.
But experts have revealed that the way you pee could actually be damaging your health.
Dr Teresa Irwin said: ” Stop peeing in the shower, it’s ok to do it sometimes, but you don’t want to do it all the time.”
So what is the best way to pee?
Dr Irwin said for women, it’s best to take a seat.
“Given the construction of the western closet, lean forward, put your elbows above your knee caps and pee, but make sure your feet are flat against the floor,” she said.
Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas added that there are dangerous side effects for women who like to urinate standing up.
While this might not be the assumed position for women, most people would admit that they have peed in the shower.
Posting to TikTok Dr Jeffrey-Thomas said that peeing under a running stream of water creates an association with your brain that you need to pee.
This means that you could get the urge whilst simply running the tap.
Not following this and urinating stood up – especially under the shower, could cause issues.
Dr Jeffery-Thomas added that people with a female anatomy were not designed to pee standing up.
The expert said that even propping one leg up could be damaging.
“Your 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,” she explained.
Emptying your bladder properly is key as if you don’t Dr Irwin said this could lead to urinary tract infections and needing to go more often.
The NHS says that people who are unable to do this can end up with bladder stones.
The experts explained that urine is produced by your kidneys and made up of water mixed with waste products that the kidneys remove from your blood.
“One of the waste products is urea, which is made up of nitrogen and carbon.
“If any urine remains in your bladder, the chemicals in urea will stick together and form crystals.
“Over time, the crystals will harden and form bladder stones,” guidance states.
There are some conditions that mean you might not be able to fully empty your bladder, such as damaged nerves and prostate enlargement.
If the bladder isn’t emptied, urine can build up and lead to pressure in the kidneys.
In turn this can cause the kidneys to fail which can be dangerous and result in lasting damage.
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