You might want to sit down for this: Urologist claims men have been peeing the wrong way all along
- Urologist Dr Gerald Collins has claimed that sitting down to pee is more efficient
- And a study found that the bladder may not empty properly if peeing stood up
Men, it turns out there’s a correct way to pee.
And spoiler alert, it’s not standing up.
A top urologist has claimed men should always sit down to pee as it’s better for their health.
Consultant urological surgeon Dr Gerald Collins dropped the bombshell last week following a survey on how men choose to urinate.
A YouGov poll, which quizzed more than 7,000 men from 13 countries, found that 40 per cent of German men always sit down to pee.
A top urologist has claimed men should always sit down to pee as it’s healthier and more hygienic (file photo)
This compares to just 9 per cent of Brits and 10 per cent of Americans.
And now Mr Collins, who works at Alexandra Hospital, a private hospital in Cheshire, has claimed the Germans have got it right.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Collins said he believes that how men urinate has likely evolved as a matter of convenience and circumstance.
‘The bottom line is, if you’re on a golf course, and you need to nip behind a tree, you can get away with doing that,’ he said.
‘Whereas if you squat and drop your pants, it could be a much more awkward scenario.’
But that doesn’t mean it’s the best way health-wise.
The urologist said sitting down is ‘probably the most efficient’ way to pee, as researchers in the Netherlands found in 2014 that a seated position makes it easier for your bladder to ’empty faster and more completely’.
The researchers, from Leiden University Medical Centre, say this is down to the pelvic and spine muscles being completely relaxed when sat down, making it easier to urinate.
However when you are a stood up, those muscles are activated and the tension can lead to not all urine leaving the bladder.
Sitting, the study says, is particularly beneficial for those with lower urinary tract issues and an enlarged prostate – both issues that can become worse with age.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) affects most men at some point in life, with 80 per cent of those in their 80s living with the condition.
BPH is where the prostate gland and surrounding tissue expands, blocking the urethra and making urination more challenging.
And if the bladder is not emptied properly, men with BPH can develop bladder stones, UTIs and kidney infections – so sitting down to pee is recommended.
In Germany, there are signs in many public bathrooms warning men to sit down when they pee – often to maintain cleanliness.
But despite 62 per cent of German men choosing to sit down to pee ‘most’ or ‘every’ time, they are still mocked for it.
Those who choose to sit are called ‘Sitzpinklers’, meaning sitting widdlers.
The term is an offensive slur, directed at men deemed to be ‘wimpy or effeminate’.