Have you ever peed in the shower? Most of us have probably done it, but we’re probably hesitant to admit it. Peeing in the shower is supremely convenient and feels — dare we say — natural. Setting aside how gross people might say it is, peeing in the shower has a few benefits and a few dangers.
People often feel disgusted by any liquid the body eliminates, be it sweat, saliva, or urine. That “grossed out” feeling is innate and keeps us safe from toxic substances and harmful microorganisms. So, it’s common for people to feel disgusted at the thought of peeing in the shower, but many people still do it. Regardless of how you feel about the practice of peeing in the shower, there are a few facts about it that are good to know.
6. What is Urine Made of?
Urine is filtered waste and water from the kidneys, obtained from blood in the body. First, blood gets filtered by the kidneys and becomes liquid salt and chemical wastes, like ammonia, urea, and uric acid. This liquid waste, called urine, travels down from the kidney through two tubes called ureters.
The ureters flow to the bladder, which stores the urine until a person urinates the waste out. The typical bladder can hold two cups of urine for up to five hours. Because urine contains chemicals like uric acid and ammonia, prolonged contact between the skin and urine causes skin breakdown.
5. Peeing in the Shower Is Common
A survey published by YouGov found that 62% of Americans have urinated in the shower. Even more interesting, 21% of those who do pee in the shower do so almost every time they’re in there. Younger people (18-34) are almost as likely to pee in the shower as older people (55 and up), and it’s equally common between women and men. When it comes to urinating while we clean ourselves, it’s apparently equal opportunity!