HYGIENE 2020 | IS IT SANITARY TO PEE IN YOUR SHOWER? A LADY’S AWFUL SECRET

HYGIENE 2020 | IS IT SANITARY TO PEE IN YOUR SHOWER? A LADY’S AWFUL SECRET

Have you ever wondered why you pee while in the shower? Or maybe you’ve heard of a golden shower? Of course such things may not bog your mind. What’s really mind boggling is the hygiene standard of ladies who pee on themselves while in their shower. While the word urolagnia describes a paraphilia (a situation characterized by abnormal sexual desires, typically involving extreme or dangerous activities), in which sexual excitement is associated with the sight or thought of peeing; it is unclear if peeing on oneself is associated with such an activity.

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Having a golden shower is nothing new, I have heard stories about how people derived pleasures from being peed on. Until now, consciously, without any form of urinary incontinence peeing on your body sounds a little odd to some people. It’s not clear why some ladies adopt this toilet etiquette.  A wild guess may be that it’s an evolving symptom of a paraphilia? Well, it’s arguable if the same applies to men who are not diagnosed.

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Peeing while taking a shower is one thing a lot of people do, both male and female. Even though, some people would not want to admit it. Personally, I think there’s usually a trigger to pass urine when you hear drops of water dripping. According to Whi-An Kwon et. al [1] The sound of running water  has been effectively used for toilet training during toddlerhood. 

You might think this bathroom hygiene a secret, but there’s no shame enjoying what you love doing. Billy Goldberg, MD a writer on Let’s Play Doctor. Quoted in 2009 said ‘’urine is sterile, can even help clear up a case of athlete’s foot.’’[2] This doctor actually conducted a study of 1000 women and guess what? 85% of respondents actually confessed to urinating while taking a bath.

Urine naturally is about 37 °C which means it’s warmer than the room’s temperature. The whole running water circumstance wouldn’t stop putting ideas into your head; all these do not make it easy to hold in your pee. So, it makes so much sense why some ladies consciously enjoy this act.  

Practically for a lady, it’s reasonable, while you’re already in your birthday suit and probably there’s nothing handy around to clean up, and you realize soon you’ll wash it off your body? Do what you have to do. But making this a habit can put a big question mark on your bathroom hygiene.

As a woman standing erect while urinating, it’ll mean more than zipping up and down, so it can be assumed that the act rests on the need to experience peeing standing. So, excluding urinary incontinence, technically, you’ll be peeing on yourself.

Guys are not totally innocent; they have their own dirty bathroom habits. In today’s post, we’ll closely examine the reasons why you should or shouldn’t urinate on your body or if it’s sanitary in the first place to urinate while in your shower. For those rare people with undiagnosed urolagnia? it’s pastime to see your psychologist, urologist or both.

Have you ever imagined how much water you use while flushing your toilet? Wait for it! To some clinicians, urine does not contain any known toxin. However, peeing while in shower can also be making the world a better place by conserving water. In 2014, students from University of East Anglia in Norwich concluded a debate on the premise that ‘’not only peeing in the shower is totally normal, it is also eco-friendly’’. It was even part of their campaign, Debs Torr and Chris Dobson invigorated everyone to “let it flow,”.

As part of their campaign, they encouraged the university’s 15,000 students to do so. That if everyone complied, it would “save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times,”  owing to the fact that toilet flushing used up over one quarter of domestic water use in the home. Nevertheless, this does not mean any government would pass a law to make shower peeing sustainable any time soon.

WHAT’S IN YOUR URINE?

Naturally, your Urine is merely a concoction that contains about 95% water, urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other dissolved ions, and inorganic and organic compounds in its so-called sterile state. So, if your doctor mentions any unusual thing like imbalance pH levels, a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones could be on the way. Protein, white blood cells, nitrites, bilirubin, glucose, blood in your urine can be a sign your kidneys are not working correctly.

Furthermore, your doctor or nurse probably told you that urine is sterile and non-toxic, sterile in the sense that naturally, it doesn’t contain bugs that’ll cause other illnesses. Wikipedia says your pee ‘’contains compounds eliminated by the body as undesirable, and can be irritating to skin and eyes’’.  

Being non-toxic doesn’t mean it is absolutely harmless, your urine contains urea and other substances which can be toxic if not excreted promptly and allowed to reach ridiculously high concentrations in the body.

Still, you can ‘wee-wee’ on yourself and careless be about infections. Technically, you can still be clean, even though it’s clinically not sanitary to pee on yourself, in your bath tub, in the shower, or on the floor of your bathroom. Particularly, if you wouldn’t scrub the bath and extensively clean your body.

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HYGIENE: CAN PEEING IN THE SHOWER CAUSE PROBLEMS?

Well, let’s say your skin is intact and you urinate on yourself, you are less likely to contract any infection from your urine even if you do have an infection like a UTI. The skin act as a barrier or protective mechanism. On the flip side, you’ve just finished a personal hygiene routine like shaving, and probably have inflicted yourself from those micro-tears in your skin’s surface. Letting a little urine streams down your legs in the shower, technically, might increase the risk for an infection.

 

Dr Billy who is a self-proclaimed shower pee-er, thinks your urine is nontoxic, which means you don’t have to worry about your urine corroding the pipes or a volcanic eruption kind of pee that’ll burn your skin, peeing on yourself is okay. However, when you see signs of urinary tract infection, you have to stop. For the sake of others who may share your secret bathing environment, it’s advisable to watch your bath squirting habits and maintain the highest personal hygiene possible.

According to LABCE an online laboratory continuing education platform for clinical laboratory techs, ‘Parasites that may be found in urinary sediments include Trichomonas vaginalis, Enterobius vermicularis, and Schistosoma haematobium’. They also concluded that ‘Parasites and parasitic ova are usually present in urine sediment as a result of vaginal or fecal contamination’.

That being said, peeing in a public bath or in toilets used by others may not be a good hygiene after all. But sometimes you cannot hold it any longer, can you?

Let it be clear that people can actually become infected through contact with your urine or other body fluids at that except saliva. CDC published a document in 2015 on how this could happen. Similarly, Jonathan Parkinson who works with Urban Water Research Group Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Section, Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London as quoted ‘two well-known diseases that can be spread through urine include typhoid (the likely source of the Croydon Typhoid epidemic in the thirties) and urinary schistosomiasis’. 

CONCLUSION

Regardless of your personal hygiene standards, urinating while in the shower might be a thing for you, do not forget that urine might be merely sterile when produced in the kidney and stored in the bladder. As it’s passing through your urinary tracts structures like the vulva or penis it’s likely to become non-sterile when it leaves the body as it washes along any bug.

The sterility of urine is just like doing a pregnancy test and the doctor says it’s weakly positive. While you may or may not be pregnant, it is definitely not something you should ignore in a hurry. Good personal hygiene is sacrosanct if you must be UTI free. Please for the sake of others who will use after you, observe healthy bathroom etiquette.

Do not urinate in a bath tub except you’ll wash the bath immediately and properly after the whole action.

While urinating on yourself might not be harmful with a fatal implication, the same cannot be said for others who might contract an infection if you happen to be infected.

Urine is a waste product, let’s keep it that way until there is a safe way to extract water or mine other vitamins and minerals. Till then playing with your urine isn’t good toilet etiquette.

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