A doctor has gone viral on TikTok after sharing a video explaining why it's not a good idea to pee in the shower if you're a woman (or have female anatomy). Apparently, it's got nothing to do with hygiene. Taking to the social media app to deliver some hard truths, Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, a doctor of physical therapy, said the reasons are twofold.
In the video, which has since been liked over 28,000 times, Alicia says she advises against urinating in the shower firstly, because every time you do it, you brain starts to make connections with the sound of running water. She notes that if you pee in the shower too often, the noise could become associated with passing urine and it could catch you out later down the line (nobody wants to fight off a sudden urge to pee while washing up, for example).
The other reason why peeing in the shower isn't advisable, she says, is all to do with the stance you adopt while doing so. "There's two things I want to focus on," Alicia says at the beginning of her video. "There's the overall bladder fitness perspective and the pelvic floor perspective. You guys know the whole Pavlov's Dogs experiment right?"
"He rings the bell every time he puts food out for the dogs, so eventually the dog starts to associate the bell with food and he starts to slobber, even if there's no food there," she also recounts in the video. "If you pee in the shower, or turn on the faucet or shower and then sit on the toilet, you're creating an association in your brain between the sound of running water and having to pee." Alicia adds that this could, in combination with pelvic floor dysfunction, lead to some "leak issues when you hear running water outside of the shower."
Then, as for that second earlier mentioned reason as to why peeing in the shower should be a no-no, Alicia says those who have female anatomy were also not designed to pee standing up. She details how urinating while standing doesn't allow the pelvic floor to properly relax, which could mean not, err, everything comes out.
So there you have it: Every day really is a school day! (And no more sneaky shower wees).
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.
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