5 Places That Make Me Want to Pee

ToiletI was so happy when I made this discovery: One sign of fear or stress is the uncontrollable urge to go pee.

That explains a lot.

Seriously, my whole life, whenever I’ve been in a stressful situation or time…I’ve gotta go. Like NOW. It’s inconvenient. Sometimes, it’s downright embarrassing.

During my childhood, I answered the stress siren’s call everywhere from my front yard to behind a bank.

This article from the Calm Clinic explains it well:

There are several beliefs for what causes frequent urination from anxiety, and the likelihood is that all of these factors play a role:

  • Muscle Tension – This is one of the most likely causes. When you have anxiety, your muscles get very tense. This tension puts pressure on your bladder, which in turn makes you feel like you need to pee more than you would otherwise.
  • Evolutionary Adaptation – Another theory is that there is an evolutionary reason that frequent urination would be advantageous. Remember, anxiety is the misfiring of your healthy fight/flight system. In times of fear, urination may keep the body lighter by losing extra weight, making it easier to flee.
  • Light Overload – It’s also possible that, because anxiety is a misfiring of the fight/flight system, your body may simply be lightly overloaded. The fear is not intense enough to cause immediate urination, but it may make it harder for you to feel like you can hold it back.

Finally, anxiety can also change your body chemistry, altering your digestion and changing the way you process nutrients. That may cause more water to pass through your body.

Holy cowbell! I had no idea.

All I know is that these 5 places always make me want to pee. The only difference is these days, I know to hit the loo beforehand:

The Ocean

I grew up on the West Coast, so I can only figure in this case it’s the sound. Although I did notice the urge got stronger after the movie Jaws came out…

College Libraries

This one didn’t happen until college, so I’m singling those particular libraries out. Every single time I’d walk into the campus library at the University of Missouri (and eventually EVERY college library) I’d have to race for the restroom. Trust me, this is turbo-embarrassing when you’re on a study date.

Counselor’s Office

Counseling was a constant in my life for many years and no sooner would I touch that front door than I’d be bolting for the bathroom.

Church

Me and the Lord have an understanding: I’m delighted to hang out with him as long as I get in a potty break first. Ever since Babykins got potty trained, I’ve been noticing she’s got the same deal. Coincidence? I think not.

Rollercoasters

I’ve learned to “go” before I go on, so I’m not waddling off the ride. I’m afraid of heights, but I love rollercoasters.

Now it’s your turn to “fess up.” What bizarre physical reaction do you get when you’re stressed? What’s the strangest place you’ve ever peed? Which places stress YOU out? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!

~Jenny

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33 Responses to 5 Places That Make Me Want to Pee

  1. Driving home this past weekend from Toronto, the wife and I chose to cross the border @ Niagara Falls. Stopped to snap a few pics. Powerful water falls!

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  2. The strangest place I ever peed? I wish I’d had the kind of life to make that an interesting answer.

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  4. What is the strangest place I’ve ever peed? Seriously? You want me to confess I once passed by an exit thinking that the next one might have better ingress, egress? You want me to confess that the next exit was the equivalent of the distance from Texas to California in Bladder Brain. I will only confess that I was glad there was an area with a gravel pull off spot, and that I have a four door car, and overgrown foliage blocked view of the area beneath the opened passenger doors, and that I had a HUGE empty plastic cup at my disposal. And, that I’d been practicing my squats. At least there were some muscles under my control. Brain? Nope. Bladder? Definitely nope.

    Okay, here’s a question for you, oh wise-about-all-things-potty-related one. Why is it that a tiny urge to pee turns into an Urgent(!) Gotta-go-NOW(!) Bladder Brain Signal the second I walk into the restroom?

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  5. darcyflynn says:

    I so get this post! That’s all I’m going to say! LOL!

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  6. LOL I love it! My first nutritionist gig took place at a spa, where I was trained in giving body wraps. Training involved a wrap, and I’d forgotten to empty my bladder first. So there I was, dolled up in paper panties, seaweed glop and saran wrap, for an HOUR, listening to a gurgling fountain, wondering where the pee would go if it, er, had to.

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  7. Catie Rhodes says:

    My bladder doesn’t work like it used to, so I have to pee everywhere I go. This had me laughing, though.

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  8. tomwisk says:

    Let me add one; You’ve just sat down to have a talk with a priest, minister, insurance agent or anyone who’s going to occupy a bunch of your time. Happened to me today listening to cell phone options, yes. I’m going over to the dark side.

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  9. lauraloudon says:

    The dentist’s office is my stress zone. Never fails, I can go in knowing I have no cavities but I fidget like crazy! I also have a tendency to have to pee when I’m nervous. No matter if I go 10 times in 20 mins!

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  10. Ooh, I knew about the ties between nerves and pee. Figured it out on my own, though. It was pretty much a guarantee I’d have to pee a zillion times if I was slated to sing a solo or do a major presentation in front of execs who literally had my career in their hands. So, church makes the list for me, too…but only if I have to do a solo.

    Airports/long car rides are another.

    If I’m at the movies, I’ll always have to go sometime during the actual movie, but I attribute that to either the giant thing of water I’m drinking or the Starbucks I had prior (caffeine is a diuretic, afterall).

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  11. Lottie Nevin says:

    A few years back I was stuck in a traffic jam which had been caused by a multi-car pile up on the motorway. After an hour I needed a pee REALLY, REALLY badly. The trouble was that my car was in the middle lane of the choc a bloc motorway and it was broad daylight. I knew if I waited another 5 minutes, I’d wet myself. Fortunately I am a slut, and the best thing about being a slut is that my car is like a mobile tip. Amongst the grot and rubbish on the back seat there was a sewing machine and it had a plastic lid. I took off the lid, got into the back seat, turned the lid upside down, sat down on it and peed. Without doubt it was the most satisfying and best pee of my life.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I laughed my guts out over this comment, Lottie. I made my hubby and three of my friends read it too.

      “Without doubt it was the most satisfying and best pee of my life.” <– BAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!

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  12. filbio says:

    Well, as long as you don’t pee in the pool!

    Pretty much us guys can pee or poop anywhere. Like a bear in the woods.

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  13. I did not know there was a correlation to stress and pee. Wow. I’ve peed in way too many strange places to list them all. When you gotta go, you gotta go. I think peeing on my brother in the bathtub when we were little, little kids ranks up there in the top three, though. He’s still pissed about it. No pun intended.😉

    I’m going to have to pay attention to this now and try to see if I need to pee more when I’m stressed. I drink so dang much water and tea, that it’s already a constant in my life.

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  14. OMG! August’s comment reminded me of another time, and it had nothing to do with stress.

    It was my first experience at Planet Tan. A spray tanning booth. Cautionary statement from the spa specialist on making sure I evenly distributed the pre-spray lotion to ensure an even tan. Then, she left. And, closed the door.

    Thank goodness.

    It took forever to get that tanning lotion on my back. But! Mission accomplished, I stepped into the tanning booth, positioned my feet on the handy numbered feet on the bottom of the booth and pressed the button. Spray! Up and down, Turn! Position feet. Spray! Up and down. And, then it hit me…

    I am not going to make it through two more turns plus the extra dose they give the legs, plus the car-wash-like blow dry at the end.

    I could not pee in their state-of-the-art equipment. I might set something off or electrocute myself.

    So! When the next signal came (with the pause to get ready) I speedy quick hopped out of the booth and peed in their trash can.

    Just for the record, the peed-upon-zone did not properly absorb all of the tanning spray. My inner thighs were noticeable lighter than my rest of my legs.

    NOTE TO SELF: Google how to copy comments with their format. Steal Jenny’s idea and do your own post on peeing in odd places. Tons of time! The More Cowbell Chronicles come first! WOOOOT!

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  15. ROFL at Gloria’s antics! Me, it’s just all that water I drink, honest. Wish I could remember a funny one for me, but we have pictures of my oldest daughter on a road trip peeing on the side of a scenic view into the potty chair we brought with us because she would not either “cop-a-squat” or use the auto-flush toilets that are at every rest station between here and anywhere you want to go. Granted, she was four. Thinking that one should go into the HS graduation slide show. Hmm.

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  16. I’m sure my mother must have potty-trained me with bathroom faucets going because there’s a Pavlovian response every time. That and unfortunately, sometimes a highway sign that reads, “Next Services 75 miles.” Thanks for the laugh.

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