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Do You Pee in the Pool?

The Memorial Day weekend means pools across the country will be opening for the Summer. In light of the start of swim season, a bit of news caught my eye — in a recent survey, one in five Americans admitted to peeing in the pool. Wow! A while back a Kelly Clarkson quote prompted me to ask you all about peeing in the shower. Now I am curious about this issue, because I am incredulous about these statistics.


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ThunderRose ThunderRose 7 years
Hey, oh my goth! To all those people fussing and whining about it being a childish question, and oooooh gross, how could you ask that... Get over it. If you don't like it, don't click on it. I don't do it, only did when I was a kid. I wouldn't do it... but eh, in this case, what you don't know doesn't hurt you. And yeah, fish do it in a lake, but people still swim in them! xD
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
When I was little I used to do it all the time - ha ha! But now before going out in a bikini I always pee because if I don't I tend to have a "pee bloat tummy".
sailing-chick sailing-chick 8 years
I agree with Leila07 - there are worse things than people's pee that goes in the pool - think of any women that has her period. It's a proven fact that even wearing a tampon you will lose some blood in the pool. Now that's got to be of a bigger concern than pee! Have you ever noticed the smell and taste of the chemicals in the air at a pool - there's a reason why they are much much higher than what the average home-owned pool is - it's to kill anything and everything.
EllasMom EllasMom 8 years
Our nephews spent a wonderful week with us last summer. We spent hours in the pool each day, and it wasn't until the end of the week it dawned on me...they NEVER got out to go to the bathroom. I spent a week in 11 year old boy pee. Eww.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Oh yeah, not to mention that people's blood and saliva end up in the pool too. Don't mean to be a debbie downer, but it is just the facts of life.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Haha. Oh my goodness, you guys. Everyone pees in the pool! All the chemicals kill it. That is why the Health department requires that pools make their pH & chlorine readings available to the public. I mean think about it, kids poop and pee in there, people sweat in there, and people throw up in the pool. Women's makeup and hair products get in there too. Yes pools are yucky when you think about all the stuff that is in there, but what can you do? Just make sure that the pool that you are swimming in is properly maintained and you will be fine. The HS swimmers I used to guard told us that they would try to be the first in the lap lanes so no one else could pee on them while they were swimming. Now THAT was gross.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I absolutely refuse to pee in any body of water. Once we were out on a boat in the middle of a lake & I made them go back to the house because I had to pee. I would NOT pee in the lake. I think it's gross.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
Urine is won't kill you. And the high amounts of chemicals in the pool dilute the urine and "kill" anything in it immediately. I was a lifeguard for a few years and discussed this with other managers while adding chemicals to the pool.
GreenGrass GreenGrass 8 years
Urine is sterile, until it leaves the body. It is your external body surfaces that are contaminating the urine (making it non-sterile). You must bring your urine-contaminating external body surfaces with you into the pool, whether you think it is gross to pee in the pool or not. So what is the big deal? Whether you are squimish or not, if you're in the community pool you're taking a community bath.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
I am shocked how many people pee in the pool! It is outrageous! How can people be so careless and disrespectful of the people around them? The chlorine doesn't kill on contact, it takes a little while to work. (Also, please note that it is very difficult to continuously maintain a proper level of chlorine, so if its low then you are at an even greater risk). Please, don't pee in a public pool!!!
fizzymartini fizzymartini 8 years
What? WHY would you do that, if there are perfectly acceptible toilets just paces away in the changing rooms?! Surely it doesn't take that much effort to get out for a minute, and burn a few calories by shivering a little in the process. Whether pee is sterile or not is really beside the point - it's just unpleasant and shows a total disregard for other pool users. You wanna pee in the pool, then get your own one.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I haven't been in a pool in like over 10 years!
7showgirl7 7showgirl7 8 years
No that is gross that is why I don't swim in public pools
runningesq runningesq 8 years
If by Yes, occasionally you mean often, then yes. I grew up on swim teams and we all did it.
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