To pee or not to pee? In the shower.
May 7, 2004 2:20 PM   Subscribe

Do you pee in the shower? Why, or why not? [no more inside]
posted by majcher to Health & Fitness (49 answers total)
 
Yup. My shower, my rules.
posted by vito90 at 2:23 PM on May 7, 2004 [2 favorites]


Not usually because my take-a-shower routine usually involves peeing beforehand. I didn't realize people did this until I was in college.
posted by jessamyn at 2:25 PM on May 7, 2004


No way. That's nasty.
posted by swank6 at 2:26 PM on May 7, 2004


Frequently. I'm casual enough about it that I couldn't tell you if I did today.

Once I remembered that it's taboo while I was doing it at the gym. I felt bad for a second, but I got over it.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:31 PM on May 7, 2004


Absolutely.

And Moises Alou pees on his hands.
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 2:32 PM on May 7, 2004


Yep. But in my conversations with others is usually only a male thing (plumbing primarily). My ex actually threatened to kick me out of her apartment for good when I mentioned it once. Evidently she wasn't too fond of the idea.
posted by karmaville at 2:34 PM on May 7, 2004


When your anatomy allows you to aim for the drain, why not? :)
posted by GeekAnimator at 2:42 PM on May 7, 2004


Funny you should ask, my girlfriend was taking too long on the toilet last night so I took a squat in the tub. I don't know if she'll ever look at me the same way again. Just because I wasn't ACTIVELY showering...why is peeing over a drain so wrong?
posted by pomegranate at 2:42 PM on May 7, 2004


Chalk me up as jessamyn never knew about it. For me it was a girlfriend whom pointed this out. Ever since wonder if toe and foot funguses are caused by this.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:44 PM on May 7, 2004


no way. the toilet is right next door. Who wants to stand in a pool of their own pee. that said we generally follow the "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" rule in my house to conserve water.
posted by trbrts at 2:48 PM on May 7, 2004


i do it. peeing in the shower uses less water, i would guess.
posted by o2b at 2:51 PM on May 7, 2004


Totally. Urine is sterile, and it just washes down the drain. Saves water, too.

Honestly, the floor of your bathroom is nastier than urine, and you probably walk barefoot on it all the time.

on preview: Yeah, if I were in a slow-draining shower (I'm assuming that's what you mean, trbrts), I wouldn't do it. The thought of "I'm wading in pee" trumps the thought of "Pee is sterile".
posted by mkultra at 2:52 PM on May 7, 2004


Yup, all the time. Survival manuals say you can drink your pee to save yourself from dehydration. If I can drink it, how much will a couple drops on my feet hurt?
posted by falconred at 2:56 PM on May 7, 2004


Secretly, sometimes I do...and I'm without the proper plumbing for pointing. It's actually become an almost daily practice since I've started to train my cats to use the toilet. I just make sure to do the deed before washing. :)
posted by deathofme at 3:00 PM on May 7, 2004


i used to. then one morning i noticed these beady little eyes squinting back at me through the drain grate so i gave up bathing entirely.
posted by quonsar at 3:05 PM on May 7, 2004 [1 favorite]


Growing the bathroom I used only had bathing. Which may be why I pee in the toilet before or during.
posted by thomcatspike at 3:20 PM on May 7, 2004


What?
posted by Stan Chin at 3:26 PM on May 7, 2004


ah hit post by accident; growing up the bathroom only had bathing.
posted by thomcatspike at 3:27 PM on May 7, 2004


Wow, I'm surprised by the answers. I never did growing up, but I believe the first time I ever peed in the shower, that I recall (other than probably when I was very little), was when I was in college and living in a dorm for the first time. In that case, it was because I have a shy bladder, and I couldn't pee in the damn urinals in the morning when it was relatively crowded, and people are right next to each other. On the other hand, there were a limited number of private shower stalls. So...

And it occured to me, huh, this really isn't so gross. And it is easy for a man who can aim right at the drain and not think at all about pee swirling around one's feet.

This reminds me of the farting in front of one's SO thread. I am just sure that there's bound to be some extremely shocked, disgusted, and censuring folks come along real soon now.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 3:37 PM on May 7, 2004


You mean you don't?

Who wants to stand in a pool of their own pee
Dude, get a plunger already. Like standing in a pool of your sloughed off dead skin is somehow better?
posted by mimi at 3:38 PM on May 7, 2004


the way i see it, it's better than in the drinking fountain at work.








what?
posted by Stynxno at 3:54 PM on May 7, 2004


Hey, count me in as one who thinks it's grody. I don't think I could pee in the shower if I wanted to. In fact, I've gotten out in the middle of a shower to pee in the toilet. However, I have no problem farting in front of other people. It also doesn't bother me terribly that other people do it.

The one time I did pee into drains repeatedly was last summer when a rat came up through the toliet and hit me in the ass. Believe me, I peed in the sink for a week after that.

Sharing is fun.
posted by dame at 3:58 PM on May 7, 2004


dame said grody!

omg, dame had a toilet rat incident!
posted by palegirl at 4:04 PM on May 7, 2004


Usually my shower, I pee & elsewhere, I use the toilet. However, for whatever reason, this morning was different.

So anyone staying at Days Inn on Main St, Moab, UT might want to avoid 114 for a few days...
posted by i_cola at 4:14 PM on May 7, 2004


no way! it gets smelly.
posted by mcsweetie at 4:14 PM on May 7, 2004


The one time I did pee into drains repeatedly was last summer when a rat came up through the toliet and hit me in the ass.

Scuba rats!
posted by jerseygirl at 4:24 PM on May 7, 2004


trbrts - when I was a kid we used to follow the same rule in our house (if it's yellow...) until, after some time, we noticed that the toilet porcelain at the water line was getting etched from the uric acid. The effect made the toilet look as though it hadn't been cleaned in years. Pretty gross.

Back on topic, um, no. A la dame, I'll jump out if the need arises.
posted by vignettist at 4:47 PM on May 7, 2004


As mentioned above, unless you're suffering from a UTI, urine is sterile. In fact, since urine contains a variety of anti-bacterial substances, it's probably better for your overall health to hose down the seething mass of harmful filth that currently thrives in your shower.
posted by Danelope at 5:15 PM on May 7, 2004


Yes, and I love every goddamned second of it. Screw all you no-pee bastards. You probably hang the toilet paper the wrong way, too.

(Oh yeah, let's get a fight goin'!)
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:22 PM on May 7, 2004


I am a big fan of it. I don't think I started until I was a teen, and then I thought it was really gross but I accidentally did it once and when nothing bad happened, I eventually just made it part of my shower routine. I really don't care now, and do it almost every time I shower.

The hard part is getting used to jumping in the shower and not doing it when a college girlfriend was in the shower.

I kind of thought it was gross when I heard girlfriends admit to doing it (at least males have plumbing that lets you expell away from the body), but whatever it all gets washed away.
posted by mathowie at 5:55 PM on May 7, 2004


Mathowie: Girl plumbing works just fine for getting it in a drain too. Most of us learned not to pee on ourselves when standing at about five or so. It just has to go down, not forward.
posted by dame at 6:11 PM on May 7, 2004


Pipes! It's all pipes!
posted by Hlewagast at 6:12 PM on May 7, 2004


I pee in the shower. And on the occassion when I DO manage to pee before I get in the shower, it doesn't seem to matter anyway. As soon as I step under the water, I have to pee AGAIN, no matter what. Nothing I can do about it. I don't re-pee as much as I pee the first time, but I do pee a second time. So it doesn't seem to matter much for me. I often don't realize I even need to pee until I'm in the shower. And I ain't gettin' out of the shower just to pee.

The shower is also where I shoot snot rockets, loosen by the shower steam... as well as hock(?) up some phlegm and other smoker's throat type "stuff". It can be a real mess.

There. How's that?
posted by Witty at 6:23 PM on May 7, 2004


I occasionally eat in the shower, too. But then I love to just hang out in the shower for some reason.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 6:30 PM on May 7, 2004


No. Never even considered it, because there's always been a toilet right fucking next to the shower!
posted by Cyrano at 6:47 PM on May 7, 2004


Is this a poll?

Personally, no. Just not my thing.

In fact, since urine contains a variety of anti-bacterial substances, it's probably better for your overall health to hose down the seething mass of harmful filth that currently thrives in your shower.

I think Madonna made a comment once about pissing on your feet in the shower killing foot fungus. And I was taught that Rodin had his kids pee on castings of his sculptures in their garden to make the bronze oxidize (is "oxidize" the right word?) and give it a nice patina.

Then there's the Perry Farrell/Jane's Addiction take on the subject:

Standing in the shower thinking
About what makes a man
An outlaw or a leader
I'm thinking about power...
The ways a man could use it
Or be destroyed by it
The water hits my neck
And I'm pissing on myself...

posted by Shane at 6:56 PM on May 7, 2004


My boyfriend and I shower together most mornings.
We both pee in the shower, but we can't face each other when we're doing it.

It's actually become part of the routine: I pee, then he pees. I wash his hair, we switch spots and he does mine. Then we use face wash, loofah each other, and we're done.
posted by Coffeemate at 7:01 PM on May 7, 2004


I'd like to cast my vote to have this thread voted off the web site.

Additionally, if any of you have ever received an open invitation to crash at my place, it's hereby rescinded.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:21 PM on May 7, 2004


So, i'm like in the shower, peeing, then I wash my feet and the pee swirls down the plughole. There's no like, residue on me skin.

I don't know 'bout you but... I pee in the shower - not the shower pees on me.

WTBD?
posted by dash_slot- at 7:23 PM on May 7, 2004


I pee in the shower, and I don't even aim for the drain. It doesn't matter, it all gets thoroughly rinsed then scrubbed with a scrunchie and body wash then rinsed again.

Uh, I hesitate to admit this, but I also pee in the tub. I'm too lazy to get out just to pee, and I sometimes forget to go before I get in and get all nice and comfy in the warm water. I should probably mention that I typically shower right after I take a bath, so it's not as bad as it seems. And I don't dunk my head, as a rule.

Yes, I am world-class lazy. If there were a laziness olympics, I'd lose because I'd be too lazy to enter.

Oh yeah, and no one has mentioned that menstruating women sure exude something a lot more shocking than mere pee when they shower. I mean, they have to clean up *somehow*. Consider the alternative.
posted by beth at 7:34 PM on May 7, 2004


Okay, I'd just like to mention that if you like to pee in your shower, I'm okay with that. I think it's pretty gross, but hey, it's your shower. Those of you that pee in any type of shared or public shower (ie. dorm showers), that's just wrong... Other people should have to deal with that and not even know it.
posted by swank6 at 7:48 PM on May 7, 2004


...and then I thought it was really gross but I accidentally did it once...

Riiiiight. "Accidently" peed.

And what's with all this "aiming" business? WTF? I mean, sure, as a sport, aiming can be fun. But talk about wholly unnecessary. It's not like pee sticks to you.

I do admire those of you who can pee in the toilet while in the shower. Boss aim, there!

Ladies: there are a few websites that have lessons on how to aim. The gist of it is to use your fingers. Women who are good at it can actually pee through their pants' zippers!
posted by five fresh fish at 7:50 PM on May 7, 2004


Dave: Oh, jeez, we're out of time again. [laughter] What are you going to do now? What are you going to do after the show?
Madonna: Did you know that it's good if you pee in the shower?
Dave: I'm sorry?
Madonna: I'm serious! [crowd reacts uncomfortably] No, seriously, peeing in the shower is really good. It ... it fights, um, um, athlete's foot. I'm serious, no, urine is like, is like ... is like an antiseptic. It's all got to do with the enzymes in your body.
Dave: Don't ... don't you know a good pharmacist? [laughter]
Madonna: Ummm ...
Dave: Get yourself some Desenex! Or whatever that stuff is.
Madonna: I wanted to share something that I knew with you.
Dave: Okay, well, thank you very much. Ah, I'm going to try to wrap this up.

posted by dhartung at 10:14 PM on May 7, 2004 [1 favorite]


Jesus Beth, true or not, did we need to know?
posted by Evstar at 10:39 PM on May 7, 2004


Your names and locations are currently being recorded and given to John Ashcroft. Shower-peeing terrorists.
posted by mecran01 at 6:12 AM on May 8, 2004


Sign me up then. My favorite definition of a gentleman is "one who does not pee in the shower." But then I realized I didn't qualify. And then I realized the definition was working so far.
posted by yerfatma at 6:31 AM on May 8, 2004


I pee, then he pees. I wash his hair, we switch spots and he does mine. Then we use face wash, loofah each other, and we're done.

Coffeemate, that is very sweet.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:42 AM on May 8, 2004


Jesus Beth, true or not, did we need to know?

sweet bethalicious is the queen of stuff you didn't need to know!
posted by quonsar at 6:44 AM on May 8, 2004


Metafilter - I accidentally did it once and when nothing bad happened, I eventually just made it part of my routine.
posted by Blue Stone at 9:31 AM on May 8, 2004 [1 favorite]


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