A side of green pees
A man hospitalised in Chicago recently gained a bit of attention when his urine turned a sickly shade of green. After some initial confusion, his doctors realised it was just a side effect of the general anaesthetic he had been given a few days prior.
Charting the urinary colour wheel
If you’re a hospital lab scientist, you might already know that urine can actually turn all the colours of the rainbow. But if you don’t spend all your time in a laboratory, you might (understandably) freak out a little if you go to flush and see that your pee’s gone blue or even purple. Oftentimes, this is the result of a person’s diet (try eating a bunch of beets, and you’ll see what I mean) or the prescription of certain medications, like methylene blue — in these cases, the odd colour of your urine is nothing to worry about.
When should you worry?
Red or brown urine can sometimes be an indicator of blood in the urine, which could be caused by more serious issues like kidney stones or bladder infections. Similarly, milky-white urine usually points to a urinary tract infection. If you’re experiencing pain or a burning sensation when you pee, then that’s when you might want to get yourself checked out.
Got an issue with your pee? Check out our guide on 5 Ways to Deal with Urinary Incontinence!
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Friends lied to you: Experts say that you actually shouldn’t pee on jellyfish stings.
2️⃣ Down the drain: A recent study shows that Singapore’s public toilets have gotten dirtier over the past 4 years.
3️⃣ A ruined meal: A woman has been accused of mixing menstrual blood and urine into food given to the occupants of a flat in Sengkang.
4️⃣ Local researchers have designed a urine test that can rapidly assess the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women.
5️⃣ Busted! 4kg of heroin was recently found in the toilet of a flat in Bukit Batok, along with almost $700,000 worth of other drugs.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
2️⃣ Secret reci-pee: A French baker has been baking bread with wheat fertilised by female urine from public toilets.
3️⃣ Building blocks: Astronaut pee might play an important role in colonising the moon in the near future.
4️⃣ Have you heard of GreenPees? Amsterdam is lining their streets with planters that also function as urinals.
5️⃣ Pee-lieve it! A new urine-based test can detect bladder cancer with unmatched accuracy and sensitivity.
A GRIPPING FIND
Have you heard of #GripTok?
(No, we don’t mean the phone accessory.)
Users on TikTok have been using the hashtag “Griptok” to teach each other how to do kegel exercises, which help you train your pelvic floor muscles. Typically recommended by doctors to older women, these TikTok users are increasing the popularity of Kegels among younger women as well — guys, don’t feel left out, kegel exercises are great for men too!
Pelvic floors: a different storey
Pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, bowel, and for women, the uterus as well. This means that regularly doing pelvic floor strengthening exercises can prevent and manage urinary incontinence and excessive flatulence. They can also greatly improve sexual health and function.
Kegels are a great way to train your pelvic floor, but it’s important to do them properly — so kegel safely!
Alternatives to kegels
Besides kegels, there are more general exercises and stretches you can add to your regular workouts that will help your pelvic floor muscles. Examples include narrow squats and hip bridges. These are also great for your glutes, so work that booty!
Weird & Wonderful
- The contents of your pee were once inside your mouth.
- Restroom sounds more like a bedroom or living room than the place where you pee.
- It’s kind of funny how our body’s instinct is to dance when we have to pee really bad
- Urine is used water.
- Showering is letting your house pee on you.
Urinary incontinence got you down?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leaking of urine due to various factors, such as an overactive bladder. It can be a little embarrassing to some people, but when you’ve gotta go, you gotta go.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
At least 10% of women in Singapore experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. It also affects men, although the statistics on that are less widely reported.
Wee‘ve gotchu — with the help of Laurier Fresh Comfort and Relief
If you’re struggling with light incontinence issues, try Laurier’s line of Fresh Comfort Light Urinary Leak (LUL) Care Pads! Ultra absorbent, gentle on the skin, and with all day odour control, there’s no need to stress at all even with sudden leakages. These pads will keep you feeling fresh and confident all day long.
For medium to heavy incontinence, check out Relief’s range of adult diapers! Fully committed to your comfort, Relief’s products all use Japan’s advanced odour control technology and are highly absorbent yet super breathable. Their Relief Ultra Slim pants are even designed to feel just like underwear, thin enough to be inconspicuous under clothes and providing you with all the comfort and confidence you need!
Don’t let incontinence hold you back! Get a free sample to try from Relief here and Laurier Fresh Comfort samples! For a chance to win a hamper worth $100, follow both Laurier and Relief on Facebook, and tune in to our webinar on Urinary Incontinence by Dr Paul Ang at 6pm on 21 December 2020. Giveaway ends on 27 December and winners will be notified via Facebook Messenger by 29 December, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!