Author: Stephanie Bobinger, PT. Being wary of coming into contact with germs is generally a good thing, with one notable exception for women: We should not hover over toilets when urinating. Did that surprise you? Squatting over instead of sitting down on the toilet can change the mechanics of urinating; over time that can increase the risk of lowering urinary tract symptoms including pelvic floor dysfunction and infections. Let me explain.
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For some of us women, we not only have the curse of a chipmunk bladder but also have issues of leakage. Again, aside from the FUPA article , this is pretty much the least talked about thing ever. Related - Guide to Building a Perfect Booty. No one wants to talk about their peeing habits or their loss of bladder control while on a machine, for various reasons. I know the mental anguish can be quite embarrassing, and then there's all that pee. On a bench.
Is It Bad to Squat When You Pee?
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Ok, ok so this tip is always met with some pushback, but to those of you who prefer to hover rather than sit should be aware that this habit is not good for your pelvic floor! Sit down and relax! When you are in a partial squat, hovering over the toilet, the muscles of your glutes, legs, abs, back, and pelvic floor are activated and cannot fully relax. For urine to flow easily and fully, the pelvic floor muscles and the muscles surrounding your pelvis have to relax. If you are hovering and your muscles are tense, chances are that you will have to bear down to initiate your urine flow or make your pee come out faster.