Why do many men pee standing up? A complex question to which there is no clear answer. According to urologists, convenience, habit and upbringing play a role, as does better control over the act. Men pee standing up because they can, because they have learned to do it and because it goes faster.
Even in ancient times, men usually urinated standing up. In public Roman toilets (latrines) in baths, barracks and amphitheatres, in addition to the usual seating, there were also urinals in which men could urinate side by side and standing. Mosaics and murals also depict Roman men doing their petty business upright.
However, for hygiene reasons, getting up to urinate is now frowned upon. Because even with perfect aiming, part of the urine sprays out again and pollutes the toilet and its surroundings. That’s why men are now encouraged to sit down when they urinate.
However, these new customs are not immediately popular everywhere, according to a study by the British market and opinion research institute Yougov. In total, just over 7,000 men in 13 countries were asked how often they sit down to urinate. The result shows that the Germans are by far the most common “seat binoculars”. 40 percent of the respondents indicated that they always sit in front of the small company. Another 22 percent sit most of the time, while only 10 percent always urinate standing up.
In Mexico it is very different. There, only six percent always urinate sitting down and a whopping 36 percent of the men said they never sit down. Things don’t look much better in the US, UK and Poland.
And in Switzerland? Unfortunately, we were not included in the Yougov study and there are no other reliable data on standing urination in Switzerland. That is why we would like to know how often you sit down.
By the way: it makes absolutely no difference to health whether a man pees while standing or sitting. According to prostata.de, there is no scientific study that shows that posture when urinating has a short or long-term impact on organ functions. Neither on emptying the bladder nor on the strength of the urine stream or even on the prostate or sexual functions. (for)
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