4. Peeing in the Shower Is (Relatively) Safe

Showers

Whether or not urinating in the shower is “gross” or  “uncouth” is a matter of opinion. Whether peeing in the shower is safe, however, is a matter of science — and cleanliness. It’s essential to cleanse your skin from urine as soon as you urinate in the shower. The flow of water and soap in the shower washes urine away, keeping your skin free from the harsh chemicals in your urine. If left on the skin, it can damage its outer layers. 

3. Urine Still Contains Bacteria

Contrary to popular belief, urine is not sterile and still contains trace amounts of bacteria. Though most of the bacteria found in urine are normal flora (found naturally in the body), others are foreign and harmful to the body in large amounts. Because most people don’t have large, gaping wounds while they’re peeing in the shower, it’s highly unlikely that a bacterial infection would occur while peeing. 

While we’re on the subject of wounds and infection, it’s not advisable to urinate on a wound — either your urine or someone else’s. You may end up introducing bacteria to an injury rather than cleaning the site. Rather than peeing on a wound, clean it the old-fashioned way — wash it out with water or allow the blood to flow. Both methods wash out bacteria, without using any pee. 

2. Your Wounds Can Get Infected — From Someone Else’s Pee

Bacterial Infection

When someone has a urinary tract infection, their urine holds a greater than normal amount of bacteria. In theory, bad bacteria from your pee, or someone else’s, can enter your body through a wound and cause an infection. So, not only should you wash your urine off your skin if you pee in the shower, but you should also wash off the shower area to ensure there’s no pee left pooled on the ground. 

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