The notion of public toilet "performance anxiety" is a familiar one to many men, with up to 4 million in the UK saying that they experience shy bladder (paruresis) to some degree. But do women experience shy bladder too? Yes, they do, and we know that it can cause pain, anxiety, restricted lives and depression. But as no figures exist for women, we have no idea how widespread it is.
You might also find it interesting to visit Martin Burridge's new YouTube series of Shy Bladder videos. One of the videos is specifically geared towards women with input from UKPT. You can find it here.
Read more about women and paruresis here.