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What is a shy bladder?

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Shy or bashful bladder syndrome means being near other people causes your sphincter muscles to lock up. Those muscles control the flow of urine from your bladder. Once they freeze up, you simply can’t pee. The more you try to force nature to take its course, the more your body refuses to cooperate.

It can happen in a public restroom, a bathroom in someone else’s home, and even in your own place if other folks are nearby.

Your doctor may call it paruresis.

From: What Is a Shy Bladder? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome: An Unknown Urologic Malady?”

International Paruresis Association: “About Avoidant Paruresis,” “Paruresis Fact Sheet,” “A Few Notes on Paruresis,” “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Vythilingum, B. , 2002. Depression and Anxiety

Urology Care Foundation: “Paruresis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome: An Unknown Urologic Malady?”

International Paruresis Association: “About Avoidant Paruresis,” “Paruresis Fact Sheet,” “A Few Notes on Paruresis,” “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Vythilingum, B. , 2002. Depression and Anxiety

Urology Care Foundation: “Paruresis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

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