Peeing in the shower is one of the things that many people have done at a certain point but may be reluctant to admit. However, it makes such a sense on the practical level! They are naked and there is an outflow . Besides, the situation with running water does not make it easy to hold on to the piss.
You may also have heard that urine is sterile, so you can prudently pee and still be technically pure. But is it really okay to pee in the shower from a health point of view, especially if you do not scrub your legs and feet down? Here, experts weigh this urgent question.
What's in the piss at all?
According to the Mayo Clinic your piss is mostly water. However, it may also contain a few other things, says Stephanie Kielb, M.D., a urologist at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, opposite SELF. These include urea (a waste product that is produced when your body degrades proteins), urochrome (a pigment that gives the piss its color), creatinine (Waste product that forms during normal muscle breakdown) and ammonia (a compound that gives your piss a really strong odor when it becomes too concentrated). If you take certain medicines or take water-soluble vitamins you can secrete them in your piss, Dr. Kielb.
Together as a Liquid These various components are channeled into your bladder by your kidneys through two thin tubes called ureters, according to the National Library of Medicine . Your pee hangs out there until you're ready to let go of that stream (and maybe a sigh of sweet relief).
Interesting Fact: Pee is not really sterile.
If you thought urine was sterile, we can not blame you. Many scientists did this for a long time.
The idea came from the belief that the urinary tract (19459028) (which also includes the bladder) was considered sterile, most likely due to the techniques used to detect bacteria in this area limited . Research suggests, however, the presence of a bladder microbiome or bacteria that normally live in harmony in this organ, Dr. Kielb. Just as your colon and vagina have microbiomas, so does your urinary tract, which means that some of these bacteria can end up in your piss. That does not necessarily mean something bad. Bacteria in your urinary tract can actually help to keep this part of your body healthy, as it does with your intestines and vagina .
However, if you have a health problem such as a UTI (UTI), that bacteria may well get into your piss, David Kaufman, director of Central Park Urology a division of Maiden Lane Medical and Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology at Weill Cornell Medical School, tells SELF.
Why should any of this affect your decision to pee in the shower? Theoretically, harmful bacteria from your piss could get into an open skin in an area like your legs and cause infection. Gary Goldenberg MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, tells SELBST. For example, cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection that typically affects the legs, can occur when the bacteria Staphylococcus invade your system through a broken skin, according to the Mayo Clinic . If you do not know certain bacteria strains are also known to cause HWI . So if you have UTIs or are developing without symptoms, you could theoretically pick out some bacteria.
You may think that you notice skin incisions that could make a bacterial infection more likely. But something as simple as scrubbing your skin with a body scrub can cause micro-tears that give bacteria an entry point. Shaving can also cause micro-tears in your skin.
It's not nearly guaranteed that you will get a skin infection just because a little pee in the shower trickles over your legs if you have an infection like a UTI. But technically it's a risk to think about anyway.
But how bad is it to pee in the shower?
Apart from the very rare risk of infection we have described above, there is no real health risk of peeing in the shower. And when it comes to assessing how hygienic it is, that could be subjective. If you do not want urine on your body or in your bath after showering, you should soak yourself and the environment before leaving the shower. And sure, there are some things you could do to make it a bit … streamlined … like spreading your legs (so your piss does not run down) and peeing close to the drain (so the urine will not Even if you are a proud urinator it is most polite to confine this habit to when you are at home in public places such as the. gym shower. You do not want other people peeing in there, right? The golden rule is definitely when pissing in the shower.
If you share your shower, you should really cleanse the area after washing with soap and water. Because manners.