“Lemme pee real quick!”
DROP your ?fully on the seat,
and let that stream ?ROLL on its own.
HOVERING and/or PUSHING
Isn’t doing you any favors.
And by you, I mean your bladder
AND your pelvic floor.
I used to be guilty of doing this, too. I had no idea that my trying to hurry things up was actually counterproductive until I became a pelvic floor PT. We deserve to know how our bodies work, especially for an activity we do multiple times a day! I want you living your best life on your porcelain throne ?Power peeing isn’t going to get you there, trust me.
There’s an important relay system between the pelvic floor, bladder, and your brain. This is what helps tell us when our bladder is getting full, and helps us control when to go, or not go, ya know ? What helps facilitate the release of urine requires the bladder muscle to contract, and the pelvic floor muscles to relax, simultaneously. This well designed system doesn’t need any outside pushing. Gravity plays the best supporting role for this already.
So what happens when we interrupt this system?
?Hovering in a squat above the toilet seat prevents the pelvic floor from fully relaxing. Full relaxation is needed for the bladder to contract and initiate voiding. So when the pelvic floor is working, aka contracted, the brain gets confused about how to coordinate all the players. It’s telling the bladder, “all clear to go ahead and release the pee,” but the muscles are saying, “wait but we’re busy working to support this active squat position, so this can’t be the right time. Are you sure?” Hence the delay in starting your stream
?Pushing is also confusing. It gives mixed signals to the bladder by saying, “You don’t have to work, it’s cool, I got it,” and over time the bladder muscle weakens over time from lack from disuse. You know the phrase, don’t use it you loose it – same happens here.
?Pushing also places unnecessary pressure on the pelvic floor. Over time this can cause pelvic pain, urgency/frequency issues, and contribute to prolapse. This is especially important to avoid early postpartum.
So next time you take a bathroom break, who’s gonna practice: stop, drop, and let your stream roll?