- Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas told her TikTok followers pissing in the shower may cause bladder leakage.
- Peeing in the shower or while showering can cause your brain to associate the sound of flowing water with urine, she said.
- If you have a weak pelvic floor, the sound can trigger the urge to urinate and lead to an accident.
Peeing in the shower may seem convenient if you feel like going in the middle of shampooing your hair, but according to a doctor on TikTok, this habit can have some unintended consequences.
Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, a physiotherapy physician from Boston, told her 467,000 followers You shouldn’t pee in the shower because it can teach your brain to associate the sound of running water with urination.
“If you pee in the shower, or turn on the faucet, or turn on the shower and then sit down on the toilet to pee while the water flows, you create an association in your brain between the sound of flowing water and the need to urinate,” Jeffrey-Thomas told TikTok …
The brain association, combined with dysfunction of the floor of the bladder, can lead to more bladder leaks when you perform basic tasks like washing dishes or swimming, according to Jeffrey-Thomas.
In particular, urinating in the shower is a problem for people who were assigned a woman at birth.
“Unfortunately, those of us who were assigned a female at birth and have this anatomy are not designed to pee while standing,” said Jeffrey-Thomas. “Your pelvic floor won’t relax enough, which means we’re not going to empty our bladder very well.”
Jeffrey-Thomas recommends ignoring the urge to pee when you are in the shower to avoid making a connection in your brain. Instead, wait until your shower is over and the water stops flowing to go about your business.