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Doctor Says Men Are Peeing Incorrectly And They Have Explained Why

A doctor is saying that men are peeing incorrectly and there's a reason why. 
Credit: Alamy

A doctor is saying that men are peeing incorrectly and there’s a reason why. 

You’d think that relieving yourself would be a normal and straightforward procedure that you master at quite a young age, however, this apparently isn’t the case.

A urologist is saying that somehow, men worldwide are doing it wrong.

However, the majority of men in Germany appeared to have mastered the art…

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A YouGov survey investigated men’s urinating preferences through a 13-country study.

Men in the survey would have to share whether they peed sitting down ‘every time’, ‘most times’, some times’, ‘rarely’, ‘don’t know’ and ‘never’.

It found that 40 per cent of German men sit down ‘every time’ they go for a pee.

Australia’s men came in second place at 25 per cent. Men of Sweden secured the third position with 22 per cent, followed by Denmark and France at 19 per cent.

On the lower end of the scale was Britain (9%), Mexico (6%) and Singapore (5%).

So, why are German men more likely to pee sitting down?

Men's peeing preferences - YouGov stats.
The YouGov survey (results pictured above) shows which country’s men prefer peeing sit down. Credit: YouGov

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis suggests that language influences culture and there’s an unusual piece of evidence supporting this theory – the term ‘Sitzpinkler’.

In German, this word refers to a man who chooses to pee while sitting down.

So, let’s break down why a doctor has found that peeing sitting down is the right way…

Man on toilet.
A doctor is advising men to pee while sitting down. Credit: Alamy

Gerald Collins, a consultant urological surgeon at the Alexandra Hospital of England, tells The Telegraph that peeing sitting down helps you empty your bladder more efficiently.

He explains: “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.

“Whereas if you squat and drop your pants, it could be a much more awkward scenario.”

While Dr Jesse Mills, an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA Department of Urology, tells Thrillist: “Sitting down is a better option for men with prostate conditions or men who just can’t stand up for a long time.

“A lot of guys sit to pee if they can’t fully evacuate their bladder. When you sit down, you can use your abdominal muscles more, and you get your last few squirts out and feel like you’ve emptied better.”

He adds that if a patient has problems peeing sitting or standing, they ‘should see a urologist to make sure there’s not a blockage’.

Man on toilet.
Men in Germany are more likely to pee sitting down on the loo. Credit: Alamy

Sitting while peeing can help with a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is a health issue which is also called an enlarged prostate, and it means the prostate is bigger than usual.

Mayo Clinic says symptoms include a frequent or urgent need to pee, urinating more at night, trouble starting to pee and not being able to fully empty the bladder, among others.

Collins elaborates: “BPH occurs due to a change in the hormonal environment within the prostate, mainly from the early 40s onwards.

“You get an increase in a certain breakdown product of testosterone which causes the prostate to increase its cell development and size.

“As a result of this, men start to find they can pee much better sitting down.”

This information is mostly beneficial to those with enlarged prostates, which typically affects men older than 80, however, it may be a good idea to start sitting down while you’re still young.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.