Do you have a “shy bladder”?
A lot of Indian men and women have "Shy Bladder," also known as paruresis, the fear of using restrooms when others are near.
Men still relive themselves without much thought, but women still exercise a lot of restraint in doing that and at times end up harming themselves.
- When using a western toilet, women tend to just stay a bit above the seat, which we call hovering. If you do that, you should think twice. This manoeuvre put stress on your pelvic muscles and makes it harder to fully empty your bladder. It's better to use a tissue paper / newspapers over the seat when you have to use the bathroom.
- Remember to stand up before flushing the toilet. The mist from the flushing toilet can spray germs.
- When in a public bathroom, be sure to hang your purses and bags on the door hooks. This keeps them off the floors, which is usually the dirtiest spots in bathrooms.
- Always wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds. If nothing is available cleaning with an alcohol based hand sanitiser will help.
- Studies have shown paper towels are more hygienic than hand dryers.
But the most important thing is that when you have to go, you must go!! There is no dirtier thing for the urine than your bladder...
Retaining urine in bladder for unduly long periods leads to genesis of dysfunctional voiding and over active bladder in later ages.
So beware, take caution, but empty your bladder when you have the urge!