Should Men Sit When They Pee? 4 Benefits of Sitting Down

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Key Takeaways:

  • Sitting while urinating aids in muscle relaxation, benefiting men with tight pelvic floor muscles or symptoms of enlarged prostate. 
  • Sitting to pee enhances stability, reduces the risk of falls, and minimizes messiness, especially for those with mobility or balance issues.
  • Normalizing sitting while urinating is essential to empower men without judgment or prejudice.

It’s long been normalized for men to stand while peeing, but sitting while urinating may have some health benefits. 

Learn about the advantages of sitting while peeing in this post.

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Is It Better for a Man to Sit or Stand When Peeing?

While there is no conclusive evidence to support that sitting down to urinate is better or more beneficial than standing, men may choose to sit down if it’s more comfortable. 

Some men also report that sitting down is a cleaner way to urinate if they find it challenging to relax their pelvic floor muscles while standing to pee, especially if they have an enlarged prostate. 

However, there is some research that suggests that men who have enlarged prostate issues might be able to empty their bladder more effectively when sitting.

The underlying socio-cultural stigma related to meaning associated with men who sit down to pee plays a role in deterring men from sitting while urinating. However, it’s important to normalize sitting down to urinate if men want to, as many men find it easier, cleaner, and more comfortable compared to standing. 

4 Benefits of Sitting Down to Pee

There are some benefits of sitting down when urinating.

1. Relaxes the Pelvic Floor Muscles

Sitting when peeing may help relax your pelvic floor muscles if you have difficulty relaxing those muscles when emptying your bladder. You may have issues relaxing these muscles if you have tight pelvic floor muscles or symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

2. Helps With Balance

If you have balance, dexterity, postural hypotension, mobility, energy, or other challenges that impact your ability to stand safely to urinate, sitting down can help.

3. Less Messy

Sitting down to pee can be less messy than trying to aim your urine into the toilet when standing.

4. Increases Comfortability

Man sitting on toilet to peeMan sitting on toilet to pee

Sitting to urinate can generally be more comfortable than standing, especially if you experience mobility, balance, or dexterity issues.

The Best Way to Sit on the Toilet

There is no “best posture” that men should use while sitting down to urinate. However, sensible posture advice while sitting to urinate is to find a position that’s comfortable for you. The posture you assume while peeing while sitting should allow you to safely sit down and get up from the toilet without risking falling. 

In addition, you may want to loosen your lower-body clothing (i.e., belt, pants, underwear) enough to separate your legs comfortably to reduce mechanical compression on your urethra.

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Dr. Susie Gronski, PT, DPT

As a Medical Advisor for Aeroflow Urology from 2022 to June 2024, and with over a decade of expertise in pelvic and sexual health, Dr. Susie Gronski is a Licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner, AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor and Educator, and founder of a multidisciplinary pelvic health clinic in Asheville, NC.

About the Author

Marlee Septak is the Senior Content Specialist at Aeroflow Urology and was a past Content Writer for Aeroflow Diabetes. She brings a deep understanding of incontinence and health conditions associated with it to her writing. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago and holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Marlee has contributed to various magazines and blogs, including Borgen Magazine, Echo Magazine, Chicago Ideas Week, Assuaged, and Peaceful Dumpling. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and just sitting down with a good book.


References

de Jong, Y., Pinckaers, J. H. F. M., ten Brinck, R. M., Lycklama à Nijeholt, A. A. B., & Dekkers, O. M. (2014). Urinating Standing versus Sitting: Position Is of Influence in Men with Prostate Enlargement. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE, 9(7), e101320. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0101320 

Disclaimer

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or care from a healthcare professional. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

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