Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shy bladder syndrome

Paruresis (aka Shy bladder syndrome)
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Paruresis (pronounced /pærjəˈriːsɪs/), also known as pee shyness, shy kidney, bashful bladder, stage fright, urophobia, shy phallus or shy bladder syndrome, is a type of phobia in which the sufferer is unable to urinate in the (real or imaginary) presence of others, such as in a public restroom. It can affect both males and females. The analogous condition that affects bowel movement is called parcopresis.

Many people have brief, isolated episodes of urinary difficulty in situations where other people are in close proximity. Paruresis, however, goes well beyond simple shyness, embarrassment, or desire for privacy in that it is much more severe and may cause unnecessary inconvenience because the inability to urinate, although psychological in origin, is physical in its effect and not under the control of the sufferer.

Paruresis can be mild, moderate or severe. In mild cases, paruresis is an occasional event, like a form of subconscious performance anxiety. For example, a man at a public urinal may be surprised to find it difficult to urinate when flanked by other men, perhaps due to a subconscious feeling of vulnerability (i.e., a fear of being defenseless if attacked), or possibly because he is worried that others may see his penis. Once this has happened at least once, the fear may be of being judged for not being able to urinate. Other men may find that they are unable to urinate while in moving vehicles, or are fixated on the sounds of their urination in quiet restrooms or residential settings. In severe cases, a person with paruresis can urinate only when alone at home.[1]

Although most sufferers report that they developed the condition in their teenage years, it can strike at any age. Also, because of the differing levels of severity from one person to another, some people's first experience of the problem is when, for the first time, they "lock up" attempting to produce a sample for a drug test.

Severe cases of this disorder can have highly restricting effects on a person's life. Severe sufferers may not be willing to travel far from their home or be able to form intimate relationships. Others cannot urinate even in their own home if someone else can be heard to be there.


  1. Shy Bladder Syndrome is non-discriminatory. It affects women as well as men, though we females may be less vocal about our condition. Many of us have believed we are the only girls/women in the world who suffer, but that certainly is untrue.

    Often men who cannot pee at a urinal or trough are perfectly fine when using a stall. Women who can't urinate in a stall when in close proximity to others have few options - only than going off to the woods or using a catheter to empty their bladders.

    For more information about paruresis, visit the website of the International Paruresis Association at www.paruresis.org. To learn how girls/women are affected, visit www.bathroomsmakemenervous.com.

    Carol Olmert
    Author, "Bathrooms Make Me Nervous"

  2. Thanks for your comment on our website.
    and agreed, we haven't really thought about women suffered from the symptom.

    We'd like to hear from you.

    What's possible app do you think that can be helpful for women? Isn't there possibilities that women might feel the same relaxation while playing our app as men do in our testing?

    We'd definitely want to consult you for this application; cause shy bladder is very new to us. Feel free to contact us support@akaian.com

  3. Hi well the shy bladders syndrome is very molest cause you will be in the toilet at all times a day i was like that but my doctor prescribe me generic viagra and that help me .

  4. Is this app still available? I can't find it on the app store even after clicking the "Get AKA Pee Now!" image at the top right of this page.