Does Shy Bladder Breath Hold Practice Actually Work?
Science says that this slow breathing helps ease the tension in the body and allows you to calm down and let go so that you’re able to pee. So the answer is yes … shy bladder breath hold treatment should actually work. It certainly does for some which is why we suggest you try it for yourself.
On the downside I’m talking about holding your breath for 45 seconds which means that you could find yourself stood at a urinal for the best part of a minute before anything happens. This is why we suggest starting the paruresis breath hold process on your way to the bathroom. Some have also reported the flow clamping resulting in having to start the process again … with less confidence this time!
Normally when you’re suffering from shy bladder syndrome, peeing anywhere that your mind deems as ‘not safe’ can feel an impossibility. Faced with the prospect of having to pee in public, your mind panics, your body freezes and you find yourself standing in front of the urinal, your sphincter muscle well tensed up, and there you stand knowing that nothing is going to come out.
Paruresis breath hold technique certainly can help to relax the pelvic muscles to the point where you can release the flow. this has a knock on effect of giving you a little more confidence to ease and calm your mind which can lessen the general anxiety too. We suggest that you don’t just focus on breath hold alone though but also target the underlying causes of your shy bladder and this double whammy could work well.
Give it a try for yourself – practice in advance and see if it works for you. I’d welcome hearing about your actual results (in confidence of course).
Paruresis Breath Hold Practice In Action
And whilst I may not be an advocate and before you dismiss this treatment option as “not the one for you” … here are a few comments from people just like you, who’ve been trying to overcome their problem with breath hold (BH).
Here’s what one paruretic has to say—
“I look at it like a Placebo. It works because you want it to. That’s what my mind is mumbling to me as the weeks go by.”
And here is another 19 year old college student who has found a cure in BH techniques…he says—
“In a nutshell. I used to suffer from shy bladder all throughout high school, but learned of the breath hold technique 2 weeks before my senior year. Then I practiced for 45 seconds every day for 2 weeks. I finally got it just in time for school to start. As you can imagine, standing there for 45 seconds was awkward for a while. But after about 2 months of using it successfully every day (I must have had the breath capacity of a pro diver) it only took me 10 seconds exactly from the time I started walking to the time I got there to be ready to go.”
And yet again another person suffering from shy bladder has found his cure in BH.
“I FEEL AS IF I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE!”
Does Breath Hold Practice Really Work For Paruresis?
Science says it should work, medical professionals say it could work, the International Paruresis Association discuss it on their website and some (but not all) paruretics say it does work!
I say try it for yourself but don’t just focus on this one treatment option. Work on it alongside trying to change your overall perception about the need to pee and your anxiety of peeing in public places. Maybe work on it as part of an overall paruresis treatment system?
Visit our “Shy Bladder Syndrome Frequently Asked Questions” page to learn more about the condition and different treatment options.
Paruresis Breath Hold Technique – Common Problems
As I said earlier, the breath hold technique is very popular but not always as easy as it sounds! I’ve gathered together a list of the main 5 problems associated with the practice as reported by real people:
- It sounds simple but it takes time to master the art. The trick seems to be in calming the mind – you need to get it under your control. Make sure you are comfortable and you are breathing at the normal rate. Before you actually start, take a calm breath. Hold it for 2 seconds and then let out about 80% of it. Now start your breath hold. Remember … keep calm and breath hold!
- Because you need to keep holding your breath for about 45-50 seconds or maybe more – many people struggle to get their muscles to relax, especially in the abdominal region. The solution … practise. You are cutting off your body’s air supply; it is natural for it to panic. But with practise you can get to the relaxed state needed.
- For some the problem is a little different. They manage to hold their breath long enough to get the stream started but then find themselves needing to take a big gulp of air and that’s when they just stopped peeing all over again! The explanation for this is that the sudden intake of breath makes the urinary sphincter tense again. The way around is that you need to practise taking in ‘little sips’ of air instead of large gulps. That way you can hold on to the calm set of mind and continue to pee. However, this also requires practise – since you need to train your body to not panic. A little pressure applied to the bladder when the flow has started may also help.
- When starting out you will find the natural tendency is to want to gasp for air the moment the feeling of holding your breath kicks in. Could be aftrer 10 seconds or 30. The best way to counteract this feeling is to swallow. Yes, you are gulping but without inhaling or exhaling any air.
- It’s not an instant fix and so those who expect miracle results are disappointed. It takes time to master he art so don’t give up!