Disabled toilets

Lots of women with paruresis find disabled toilets much easier to use than standard toilet cubicles.

The disabled cubicles are usually bigger with solid doors and walls so there is less chance of being overheard.
There is less likelihood of queues of people outside, reducing the feeling of time pressure.
There are usually hand washing facilities in a disabled cubicle and plenty of space if you need to maybe use a catheter.

Some women with paruresis report feeling guilty that they are taking up facilities which are provided for people with "real" (as they see it) disabilities. It's a tricky issue but, whether you regard paruresis as a type of disability or not, it's important to remember that not all disabilities are visible, and disabled toilets are provided for people who cannot use standard toilet cubicles - that may just be you; and that's fine. Hold your head high and do what you need to do.

#225 by ann

Its worth remember that disabled toilets are not exclusively for disabled people. They are public toilets adapted so disabled people can use them, along with "able" people. So just as women often have to queue to use an "able" person's toilet, so a disabled person may have to queue for a disabled toilet, because you are in it.

#226 by andrew
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