Don’t squat on the toilet seat—it’s a bit gross and can be dangerous.


When we come across dirty and smelly toilet seats in public restrooms, we usually try to steer clear of them. However, in some cases, especially during emergencies, we may end up squatting.

But it turns out that squatting over a public toilet seat isn’t really good for you, and you might want to avoid doing it altogether.

Squatting directly over a toilet seat at a 90-degree angle can be bad for you. However, squatting low to the ground, like when you’re almost touching the ground in the woods, is not a problem.

Avoid squatting on a toilet seat, as it can be a bit gross and dangerous.

Dr. Olson explains that hovering over the toilet causes the pelvic floor muscles to engage when they should be relaxing. This can lead to incomplete emptying of the bladder.

Vopni adds that because the muscles aren’t fully relaxed, some people feel the need to push to urinate, which may contribute to the issue of pee on the seats. It becomes a cycle: dirty seats lead to squatting, and squatting may result in accidentally spraying the seat. This cycle can repeat itself.

But the problems don’t stop there. Dr. Olson warns that chronically hovering and not fully emptying the bladder can lead to urinary urgency. This means you might feel a stronger, more sudden need to urinate and may not be able to hold it for very long. In some cases, chronic hovering could even result in a urinary tract infection (UTI).

In summary (TL;DR), squatting to pee may not fully empty your bladder, and doing it regularly can lead to long-term problems. The best way to urinate is by sitting down, preferably with a toilet seat cover for hygiene.

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