Steven Aitchison, a blogger in the UK, just wrote a long dissertation on why men should pee sitting down. He said he first discovered the joy of sitting down to pee after a night of drinking… And now he’s come up with 7 reasons why other men should do it too.
Here are his reasons:
1. Hit the target 100% of the time
Okay, that is the most obvious benefit, but a huge benefit for all concerned. No longer having to get that little bit of toilet paper just to clean where you went off target, or more likely where you have to clean up after your sons who don’t give two figs if there’s a target there or not, as long as the toilet bowl is in the same room they’ll pee anywhere.
2. It can help ward of prostrate problems
In 2014 researchers at the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands found that sitting down to pee helped men suffering from Lower Urinary Tract disease symptoms to pee with greater force. Sitting creates “a more favourable urodynamic profile”, which helps ward off prostate problems.
3. Men who sit whilst peeing have a longer healthier sex life
Ah! that got your attention didn’t it. Well apparently it’s true.
Standing to wee, apparently activates a host of discreet muscles in the pelvis and spine which prevent proper urination( Telegraph) , and without a full evacuation this can lead to prostrate problems, which leads to less and less sex over time.
(UPDATE) This is apparently a load of bull and that little tactic of info was used as a way to encourage men, in some European countries, to sit down more often whilst peeing. (RealScience)
4. It’s more relaxing
Now, it’s not like one of those times when you go for a…. how do I say it….dump, when you have a good book, and you’re settling in for 15 minutes, it’s just a quick sit, relax and back up.
5. No more penis fly catcher
Yep, most men have experienced getting their dangly bits caught in their zip and believe me it’s not a pleasant experience.
6. Much easier to answer an email sitting down
Sad but true. Who hasn’t taken their phone or tablet to the toilet and killed two birds with one stone, and answered an email whist going to the toilet. Come to think of it, I wrote part of this article sitting down on the toilet (only kidding 🙂 (actually I’m not)
7. 49% of Men in Japan Pee sitting down
Eh so what! Well, no real reason to put that in there except to add a 7th point.
Seriously, peeing sitting down or standing up is a cultural thing, it’s a personal choice. I like to pee sitting down, I’m PROUD, I’m still tough, I’m still a man, I can still wrestle a lion and punch an alligator in the jaw, just because I pee sitting down doesn’t make me less of a man (Disclaimer: No Lions or Alligators were injured whilst writing this article, mainly ’cause I was peeing at the time).
Read more on Steven’s blog here.
So what do you think? I mean, I guess for the ladies we can’t really answer this… I will say as a mom who has spent the last few years trying to potty a train a little boy, I would prefer if he just sits down, but it’s not really my choice… Pass this along to the men in your life and see how they feel.
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