Women have found a new way to achieve pleasure, but doctors have come out in full force warning that there are inherent dangers to this practice.
A Reddit thread went viral after a man asked if it was normal for women to achieve a "peegasm" when urinating after having held it in for a long time. Shockingly, plenty of women came forward to claim that they experienced pleasure doing so.
While it's not always possible to get to a bathroom when the need hit because of public transport, driving, an important meeting, or a class, doctors are advising that it's not a good idea to hold it in if it's not 100 percent necessary to do so.
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a board-certified OB-GYN at Yale University School of Medicine, has explained that it is possible to experience pleasure from only urinating after holding it in for hours, because of the stimulation to the pelvic nerves.
“I think that’s certainly a possibility,” Minkin told People Magazine. “It could feel like an orgasmic response”
But she was quick to add that it should be avoided, because there are adverse health effects that come with this.
“I’m all for something that makes people feel good, but not if there are some harmful effects,” Minkin said. “If there’s an infection brewing and you’re not voiding frequently to get rid of the bugs that are potentially in the bladder, that’s certainly a potential issue.”
Minkin explains that much like staying in a wet bathing suit or sweaty gym clothes, holding it in can cause a yeast infection.
Dr Charlotte Elder is a gynaecologist and spokesperson for The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and added to Minkin's warning, stating that it can cause irreparable bladder damage,
“Bladders need to be treated with respect. It’s important to go when you need to go, not when you’re busting,” she told Wimn.
Delaying going to the bathroom can actually stretch the bladder out. At the same time, she warns that urinating "just in case" isn't a good idea either, as it can shrink the bladder and its ability to hold a normal capacity of urine.
Dr. Michael Huckabee from the University of Nebraska also pointed out to The Stir that it can disrupt the body's natural signals that let women know when it's time to use the bathroom.
Holding it in unnecessarily also increases the risk of UTI's.
Dr Clare Morrison, GP at MedExpress, also pointed out that it can cause kidney damage as well.
"This 'practice' would be most unwise," Morrison told Cosmopolitan. "Holding on to urine could lead to urinary infections and even kidney damage. The reason some women achieve orgasms this way is because the full bladder sensation stimulates nerves in the pelvis, leading to arousal. However, I’m sure there are much more satisfactory ways of achieving orgasm!"
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