A few people force themselves to pee. Forcing for medical reasons is different though. But, in general, you must not force yourself to pee. Peeing naturally is easy and simple if you have learnt the tips.

Your body somehow understands when it is the right time to pee. While your bladder is getting full, the nerves communicate about it to your brain. Once this signal is communicated, your abdomen feels a mild pressure. This is the signal telling you that your body wants to eliminate extra water and salts.

However, in a few instances you may find yourself forcing your body to pee. This may occur when you have undergone a surgery to treat a neurogenic condition of the bladder. A neurogenic condition interrupts the communication about your bladder being full. So, your body would find it difficult to figure out when to pee.

In a few other instances, you may have to force yourself to pee say, for a urine analysis, at the time of a lab test. You might have to pee inside a plastic vial or a container (sterilized) to collect your urine sample. There are also a few drugs that may discourage peeing, and make you retain urine.

In general, if you are forcing yourself to pee, consider one of these 10 methods.


1. Wash the perineum

It is the portion of your body between the anus and genitals. Be seated on your toilet and wash this area with warm water. Try to relax as much as possible while you wash your perineum. You can use a squirt-bottle filled with warm water for this purpose.

2. Turn the faucet on

By this method, first sit on your toilet and relax. Now, run water from the faucet. As water flows through the sink, listen to the flow. Try not to think of anything else but stay focused on the sound created by the flow of water.

3. Walk

It has been observed that a physical activity may trigger your bladder to urinate naturally. Walking is the easiest to do among all physical activities. So, go for a walk down your hallway or walk in circles in your room. Within a few minutes of walking, you may observe a mild stimulation of your bladder. This is an unmistakable signal that your bladder is stimulated to pee.

4. Expose your hands to cold or warm water

For this method, you may need a bowl. Try to get a shallow bowl. Fill this bowl with warm or cold water. Now, keep the tips of your fingers inside the water. You might have to keep them inside water for some time. How long? It is done till your body activates your bladder for peeing. If you are not getting your bladder stimulated, you can attempt the same exercise inside your toilet.

5. Leaning forward

Your bladder may get activated to pee when you bend yourself forward. So, sit on your toilet and relax your mind. When you feel a mild stimulation, bend forward and you may see that you are peeing without the need for additional force.

6. Get a whiff of peppermint oil

Aroma of oils such as peppermint oil can make you to pee. For getting a whiff of this oil, take a cotton ball. Drop a few droplets of peppermint oil on the cotton ball. Now, sit on your toilet and relax your mind. Take the cotton ball closer to your nose and start sniffing.

7. Tap your suprapubic area

The region between your penis (for men) or pubic bone (for women) and your navel is the suprapubic area. Try tapping this region. One tap every second for 30 seconds is sufficient. Such rapid tapping – in some people – has been found to stimulate the bladder to pee.

8. Valsalva exercise

This is a method in which your forearm presses (very gently) your lower abdomen. This is done by sitting on your toilet and bear beneath or down as if you are about to have a movement of your bowel. While doing this technique, make sure that your forearm is not pressing your bladder directly.

9. Stroke your thigh or the genital area

It has been observed that gently touching your thigh – especially the inner part of it – or your genital regions can make you pee. While touching it, stimulate the thigh with the tips of your fingers. Prior to doing this, relax your mind after sitting on your toilet.

10. Adopt a few relaxation methods

This is equivalent to a medication of sorts. You need to put your mind in a relaxed mode for this. Once your mind has eased off, start to inhale and exhale with deep breaths. You will need to close your eyes while doing this deep breathing. While doing so, make it a point to relax all parts of your body. You may find that your brain activates your bladder for peeing without any external force.

Apart from these, dieticians may recommend intake of adequate quantities of water or consumption of citrus fruits – such as lemons – for peeing naturally. Other foods recommended include water melons, herbs like parsley, carrots or cucumbers, etc.

You may have noticed, across all these methods, relaxing your mind is a common thing to do. It is not scientifically possible to give an explanation to this. But, it has been proven as an effective approach to make your body to pee without any force. However, even after using most of these methods, do you still have problems peeing and you find yourself forcing to pee? Maybe, there are other reasons for which your bladder (and your body) needs such a force. It is high time to see your physician and explain the difficulties you face while peeing.

Your physician may decide if you need a catheterization. You may also be told to undergo a few urological (most likely) tests to diagnose the reasons behind why you are forcing yourself to pee. Your doctor may help diagnose the factors that are inhibiting a free discharge of urine from your body.

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