A TikTok doctor who shares medical advice with her followers has revealed the ‘proper way to pee’ – and people are shocked by the news.
Dr Teresa Irwin said that over the years she has noticed that patients’ health issues are often linked to a lack of education on how to treat their bodies.
The self-proclaimed “vaginacologist” from the US has now said that women have been peeing the wrong way and she’s taken it upon herself to educate people.
Dr Irwin is an expert in female pelvic dysfunctions but has also worked as a surgeon, and now she’s shared her knowledge with her 84,000 followers.
Dr Irwin, who uploads on TikTok as @dr.teresa.irwin, racked up 671,000 views, 122,000 likes, and droves of comments with her recent video.
One viewer said: “I had no idea there was a proper way to pee!”
Someone else commented: “Water water and I cannot stress this enough WATER.”
While another shocked viewer added: “I’m sorry, YOU CAN PEE WRONG??!?!”
Dr Irwin has also shared five tricks to improve bladder health overall – from how many times a day to pee and what position to sit in.
One – Feed your bladder the good stuff
“Firstly, avoid bladder irritants and replace with bladder friendly foods,” she said.
“Coffee, carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol are known culprits of irritating your bladder, so, one easy behavioural change is to limit your consumption of bladder irritants!
“I’m not saying that you have to get rid of all of these drinks, I still drink my morning coffee, but the key is moderation and balancing with hydration!”
Two – Don’t put off toilet breaks
“Also, have effective toilet time, a healthy amount for a woman to pee is about four to seven times per day.
“If you wait too long to go to the restroom, you can unintentionally train your brain to ignore the bladder signals that help you know when you need to go.”
Three – take your time and sit in the right position
Dr Irwin also says to take a full minute to pee – and to do it in the right position.
She said: “A minute may not seem like a long time but when I tell people to do this, it can seem like an eternity, but it’s not!
“Many women do not take the time to fully empty their bladder, when you feel in a rush to pee it can cause you to have a forceful stream which will put pressure on the surrounding muscles.
“Many women are taught to pee by sitting straight up on the toilet, which causes some of the urine to stay in the bladder.
“The most popular position to prevent this issue I call the cowboy position, you simply lean forward to put your elbows above your kneecaps (making sure to keep your feet level on the ground.”
Four – Keep up with the Kegels
She said: “I know that you have probably all heard the advice to ‘do your kegels’, but why?
“Your pelvic floor muscles line the interior of your pelvic bone; they act as a net to keep your reproductive and elimination organs in place, when the pelvic floor becomes weak, it can no longer hold those organs in place and it can lead to prolapse and other dysfunctions.
“Hypopressives will also help, this is an uncommon but highly effective technique to strengthen the pelvic floor.
“It is a breathing exercise that helps strengthen your core to relieve pressure on your pelvic floor by learning to lift and support the weight of the organs through the supporting muscles.”
Five – Squeeze when you sneeze
The fifth tip is to squeeze when you sneeze, because it creates a contraction to counteract the pressure, strengthening your pelvic floor.
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