Doctor claims peeing in the shower is 'dangerous'

Doctor warns about 'dangerous' side effects of peeing in the shower - insisting the habit can cause irreparable damage to the pelvic floor and lead to embarrassing 'leak issues'

By Shannon Thaler For Dailymail.Com





A doctor has warned people against peeing in the shower, claiming that the habit is 'dangerous' and could weaken their pelvic floor, which will, in turn, lead to 'leak issues' outside of the bathroom.

Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, who is a Boston-based pelvic floor therapist, took to TikTok to detail the dangerous side effects that can come from peeing while standing under a running stream of water.

According to the 30-year-old, the action of urinating in the shower causes your brain to associate the sound of running water with the urge to go to the bathroom - a seemingly innocent connection that the medical expert insists can cause much more serious issues later down the line.

'If you pee while the water is running then you're creating an association in your brain between the sound of running water and having to pee,' she told her 468,000 followers.

Dr Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas took to TikTok to explain to her 465,000 followers that people should stop peeing in the shower


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Without a strong pelvic floor, this 'could potentially lead to some leak issues when you hear running water outside of the shower,' she added.

Not to mention people born with female anatomy 'were not designed to pee standing up'.

Apparently even with one leg up in the 'Captain Morgan' pose Dr Jeffrey-Thomas modeled in the video, 'you're 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,' Dr Jeffrey-Thomas recommended.

Doctor claims peeing in the shower is 'dangerous'

The doctor referenced scientist Ivan Pavlov's famous experiment with dogs that led to the discovery of the phenomenon of classical conditioning.

'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,' Dr Jeffrey-Thomas explained.


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In a series titled How To Train Your Bladder, Dr Jeffrey-Thomas offered ways people can 'avoid leaks' when they hear the sound of running water outside of the shower

The initial TikTok the doctor made on the topic was posted in April of this year and has over 300,000 views. Her videos have since gained even more popularity, and more recent clips discussing the harms of peeing in the shower have been viewed millions of times.

In a series titled How To Train Your Bladder, the doctor's orders are to try and use the bathroom only 'three to four times during the day but a minimum of two'.

'Ideally, you should not be getting up at night,' Dr Jeffrey-Thomas explained.

Say goodbye to going 'just in case,' too, because 'the goal is to ride the wave so that we're not giving in at that high level of intensity to go...and also not leaking,' she added.

If you're constantly giving in to the urge to go to the bathroom right away, then you're training your brain to send that signal to your body more often.

Some TikTok commenters seemed determined not to let the doctor's videos change their bathroom habits, while others felt what she was saying made sense.

'I'm just tryna save water,' one user responded.

Another said it finally makes sense that they get the urge to go whenever they wash the dishes.

The 30-year-old posted more videos on her TikTok about the harmful effects of peeing in the shower and commenters are responding that they're 'just tryna save water'

Dr Jeffrey-Thomas's videos have since gained popularity and more recent videos discussing the harms of peeing in the shower have gained views in the millions


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