Dr. Forshee talked to Well + Good about overcoming the shyness of bodily functions.
She’s for sure not alone either. Certain bodily functions are better known for being gross than being totally normal, and society has essentially reinforced that’s it’s A-okay for women to repress and even deny themselves the luxury of letting nature take its course. “Excretions from the body including those produced for protection (sweat, skin oil, mucus), digestion (saliva), reproduction (semen, breast-feeding), or by-products such as menstrual blood, urine, and feces have been associated with negative connotations and uncleanliness,” explains psychologist Danielle Forshee, Psy.D. To avoid seeming “unclean,” then, some people go to great lengths—like, ahem, physical pain—to simply remove themselves from the whole bathroom narrative while in the company of those they’re trying to impress. But newsflash, this charade isn’t so healthy.
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