Some of us gals are peeing in the wrong position, according to Texas doctor Teresa Irwin. Watch her explain below:
While weeing seems like a hard thing to get wrong (as long as you’re not doing a handstand, you’re fine, right?), Dr Irwin’s recent TikTok video will make every toilet visit you’ve ever made feel like a rookie mistake.
The US-based vaginacologist has urged women to ‘loosen up’ during toilet visits and instead of adopting a ‘prim and proper’ position, slouch forward ‘like a cowboy’.
Explaining in her video caption that she wants to ‘revisit the basics of proper peeing’, Dr Irwin - who boasts almost 85,000 TikTok followers - sat on a white chair while demonstrating optimum peeing positions.
She explained: “I’m going to talk about the proper ways for women to pee. Did you know that there's actually more than just one way for us to pee?
“Most of us are taught to pee ‘properly’, very prim and proper [Dr Irwin sits down on a chair with a straight back and her feet neatly placed in front of her].”
She continued: “But I call it prim and improper, cause you’re not going to empty your bladder this way. One third of the urine will still remain in the bladder if you pee in this upright position.
“So the proper way to pee, is just like a cowboy. [Dr Irwin pushes her legs apart and slouches forward.]”
Dr Irwin explained: “Lean forward, put your elbows right above your kneecaps, and pee. Make sure your feet are flat though, because otherwise it’s still not going to empty properly.”
It seems Dr Irwin’s advice is tried and true, with one fan writing beneath the clip: “This works wonders, thank you for teaching us.”
Last month, Dr Irwin, who specialises in pelvic health and incontinence, posted a video warning people to stop peeing in the shower, something she said trains our bladders to want to wee when we hear the sound of water.
Dr Irwin explained: “You don't want to do it all the time because what happens is every time you hear the sound of water your bladder is going to want to pee – because it's used to hearing the sound of the water in the shower.
“So whenever you're washing your hands, washing the dishes, your bladder is going to be salivating, so to speak, because it wants to go and pee.”