New research has emerged that challenges a long-standing tradition among men: standing while urinating. A recent YouGov study on male urination habits suggests that men should actually be sitting down for a healthier and more hygienic experience. The findings, supported by renowned urologist Gerald Collins of Cheshire’s Alexandra Hospital Department of Urology, have sparked a significant debate among men worldwide.
Traditionally, standing to urinate has been the norm for men. However, Collins argues that sitting down is the most efficient way for men to relieve themselves. The study, which involved over 7,000 men from 13 different countries, revealed that Germany had the highest percentage of men who prefer to sit when urinating, with 40% of respondents reporting they “always” adopt this practice.
Collins highlights the benefits of sitting while urinating, particularly as men age. With the onset of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as an enlarged prostate, becoming more prevalent among older men, it becomes crucial for them to consider this change in habit. BPH is caused by hormonal changes in the prostate that typically begin in a man’s 40s.
As Collins explains, “When men reach their 40s, they experience a surge in a certain testosterone breakdown product, leading to increased cell growth and size of the prostate. Sitting down to urinate can make the process much easier for them.”
Although sitting down may be less popular than standing, the study’s findings strongly support the idea that it is a healthier option. Not only does it help relax the pelvis and spine, but it also provides benefits in terms of hygiene and cleanliness. By sitting, men can avoid the splatter and potential mess associated with standing, thus contributing to a more sanitary bathroom environment.
Despite the traditional perception that standing is the norm, these new findings challenge men to reconsider their urination habits for their overall well-being. While the choice ultimately remains an individual preference, the research suggests that sitting down may be the healthier and more hygienic option. It is essential for men to prioritize their health and consider these findings when deciding how to relieve themselves in the future.