Shivering When You Go To The Toilet

Samuel Reason | July 28th, 2018

One question that we see on the internet is the age-old question of people shivering when they pee. Everyone has seen the funny sight of a baby having sudden violent shudders: probably because they need a diaper change.

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This is because peeing is linked to shivering, a strange connection that starts as a child and follows us into adulthood. Why would our bodies decide that shivering is a good idea when we are doing what is a basic and daily function?

Well, the actual truth is no one really knows, research and studies have shown no real biological understanding to this phenomenon. However, some scientist has been able to piece together parts of the puzzle by looking at the link between our bladder and our nervous system. The theory comes from the fact that shivering is a reaction to feeling a sudden chill.

Normally when you pee you are exposing some of your nether regions to the outside world, meaning a rush of cool air may hit them. And at the same time, your body is releasing a warm liquid: pee. This clash of the temperatures is one of the reasons scientist believe we shiver when going to the toilet. Pretty much a common sense argument!

Not every scientist feels the same way, Dr. Simon Fulford from James Cook University Hospitals believes the answer is much deeper in the nervous system and has nothing to do with temperatures. He believes it has to do with the automatic process of peeing when your bladder fills little receptors indicate that it is time to go to the toilet. And the muscular wall of the bladder prepares to push out urine but before receiving that message, it is doing everything to keep your urine inside. It is like an on / off switch, and he believes the change between these two states is what causes our bodies to twitch suddenly.

In any case, whatever the explanation is, there is no cause for concern. Going to the toilet is just one of life’s normal bodily functions.

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