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Skyfullofstars55 Thu 09-Mar-17 19:11:36

Dm was on the phone to me and she said to me I've been sat with my legs crossed meaning she needed the loo. Dh also hold his crutch when he needs to go surely adults know that none of this helps.my two year old dd does this but she doesn't know any better.

Euphemia Thu 09-Mar-17 19:13:04

It's mind over matter, I suppose!

RJnomore1 Thu 09-Mar-17 19:14:28

It does help though...

CigarsofthePharoahs Thu 09-Mar-17 19:16:31

My 6 year old bounces up and down. Surely that's only going to make it worse?
I just clench.

OhtoblazeswithElvira Thu 09-Mar-17 19:16:48

It does help me - maybe because of the size of my thighs blush

NoFuckingRoomOnMyBroom Thu 09-Mar-17 19:17:50

Why does your DH hold his crutch-surely it'd be better to hold his crotch?
Sorry, unhelpful I know grin

Skyfullofstars55 Thu 09-Mar-17 19:20:10

Maybe I'm just odd

statetrooperstacey Thu 09-Mar-17 19:21:57

It does help!

MaidOfStars Thu 09-Mar-17 19:26:21

Squeezing thighs helps - it puts pressure on your urethra. But crossing legs isn't good because it compresses your abdomen area. Best to sit with legs apart but thighs squeezing towards each other.

Janey50 Thu 09-Mar-17 19:27:09

I've always thought it odd that people (women in particular) cross their legs if they're bursting for a wee. The only thing I find helps is clenching my pelvic floor muscles. I've known people who jiggle about and even bounce up and down which I've always thought would make it worse!

CrohnicallyPregnant Thu 09-Mar-17 19:30:36

I jiggle and bounce- it helps because instead of applying a steady 'squeeze' on your muscles, which tires them quickly, you end up alternating between pelvic floor squeezes and external pressure on the urethra.

Plus it takes your mind off it a little!

MaidOfStars Thu 09-Mar-17 19:32:17

Crossing your legs allows your pelvic floor to be squished passively, rather than actively. But the bending from the hips required to get one leg over the other can negate the effect. Crossing at the ankle is better.

MaidOfStars Thu 09-Mar-17 19:33:10

Crossed legs standing up is the most effective 'crossed legs' position.

wonderingsoul Thu 09-Mar-17 19:39:59

I have to cross legs standing if i need to cough or sneeze..

It helps

wonderingsoul Thu 09-Mar-17 19:40:25

The prove is... if i dont i piss myself

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 09-Mar-17 19:45:47

I must admit I've never seen a grown man grabbing his crotch when he needs a wee.

hesterton Thu 09-Mar-17 19:49:50

I squeeze my finger really hard. It takes the focus off the bladder!

harderandharder2breathe Thu 09-Mar-17 19:59:29

I just don't get why grown adults don't bloody well take themselves to the toilet when they need it! A woman at work thinks she's so indispensable that she can't possibly leave her desk for two minutes to go to the loo will sit there saying she needs a wee for a good couple of hours before she finally goes.

diddl Thu 09-Mar-17 19:59:33

I just can't imagine a grown man actually holds himself when he needs a wee!

Sorry but that's hilarious!

hesterton Thu 09-Mar-17 20:13:31

You can't do that when you teach, for example. And if you have gyne/uti issues but are still well enough to go to work, you just have to find ways. It's not like you are too busy playing lego to remember to go to the potty.

SanityAssassin Thu 09-Mar-17 20:24:46

Having had the mother of a cold and cough for 2 weeks I can confirm that crossing your legs doesn't always help. I have peed myself in public on numerous occasions this week - and I had CSs.

harderandharder2breathe Thu 09-Mar-17 20:26:37

Apologies hesterton I wasn't thinking about teachers, nurses etc

DandelionAndBedrock Thu 09-Mar-17 20:32:01

I caught DP doing a strange walk around the kitchen the other day. "Will you just bloody well go to the loo?" "How did you know?"

I teach five year olds, DP. I know that walk. hmm

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