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TIL 7% of men suffer from paruresis, an anxiety disorder that means you can’t pee if other people are in close proximity. : todayilearned

TIL 7% of men suffer from paruresis, an anxiety disorder that means you can't pee if other people are in close proximity. : todayilearned

Still doesn’t help. If I have people over or I’m at a party, I’ll either try to find a private bathroom or block out the talking.

Part is anxiety, a part is from an invasive procedure I had as a child to check for kidney disease called a VCUG. You’re sedated, though it didn’t work for me, catheterized and saline with dye is put in your bladder. Then, you’re put under an X-ray machine and told to void onto towels, with several doctors in the room.

Kidney issues resolved themselves and it took me a long time to get over it, as the involuntary sphincter is affected by anxiety, even if the voluntary sphincter (bearing down) is open. Once took me an hour to give a urine sample because I couldn’t relax.