Generally we, as humans, are advised to only pee in a toilet. If you live in California, you’re advised to pee in the toilet but not to flush. We’re in a drought, so we’re supposed to follow the “if it’s yellow let it mellow” rule. And while they might not admit it, most people pee in the shower, even Kelly Clarkson.
But now, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle publication Goop isn’t only admitting to peeing in the shower — they’re advising it! And it all has to do with strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, and ultimately, having better sex.
Your pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs and span the bottom of the pelvis. They stretch like a muscular sling and go from the tail bone to the pubic bone.
The pelvic floor muscles give support to the organs (bladder, uterus, and bowel) that lie on it; they also support the baby during pregnancy, working with the abdominal and back muscles to support the spine. And on top of all that, the squeezing of the pelvic floor adds to sexual sensation and arousal.
Pelvic floor problems can happen when the muscles are stretched, weakened, or too tight. Some people have weak pelvic floor muscles from an early age, while others become aware of problems after certain life stages such as pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause.
If you have pelvic floor problems, you might have to pee all the time, or pee when you sneeze, laugh, cough, or exercise, have pain in your pelvis, or have painful sex or a vaginal prolapse (a dragging sensation).
One of the ways you can improve your pelvic floor according to Goop is to pee in the shower.
They suggest, “Try peeing in the shower squatting down. When you squat to pee as opposed to sitting up straight on the toilet, you automatically engage your pelvic floor and it naturally stretches and tones.”
The sexual benefits to a properly stretched and toned pelvic wall include an increase in the strength and awareness of sexual sensation, reduction of vaginal and pelvic pain during sex, and it even helps with lubrication.
In other words, peeing in the shower can lead to mind-blowing orgasms.
So go ahead and pee, but be sure to squat down when you’re doing it — you’ll want to get all the benefits.