Sexual Arousal from a Full Bladder?

Josh Spurlock


Pocahontas says, “I feel aroused when I have a full bladder, and I don’t know why. It’s messing with my sex life. What should I do?” Read more to find out what Licensed Counselor and Sex Therapist Josh Spurlock says about sexual arousal with a full bladder.

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Josh Spurlock, MA, LPC, CST is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Therapists with over 10,000 hours of clinical experience. Josh specializes in Marriage Counseling and Sex Therapy. You can schedule an appointment with Josh for online counseling.

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Welcome to MyCounselor Online. I’m Tori, and this is Asking for a Friend. In this video, we’re sitting down with Sex Therapist Josh Spurlock to talk about sexual arousal with a full bladder. Stay tuned.

Josh Spurlock on Sexual Arousal from a Full Bladder

There’s two questions here. One that I don’t have enough information on, in terms of how it’s messing with your sex life. I can definitely speak to the subject of arousal with a full bladder. It’s not an uncommon thing.

The nerve bundles that run through the pelvic floor that feed our sense of sexual stimulation can have pressure put on them when our bladder is full.

Men actually experience something similar oftentimes in the morning with morning erections. A full bladder from holding urine overnight puts pressure on a nerve bundle that supplies the pelvic floor, and results in them having an erection in the morning.

So that could be one possible explanation. There may be some other dynamics going on, but that would be a fairly common experience that some women might have, depending on where that nerve bundle runs in their body, how it grew and developed in its proximity to the bladder, and where pressure is placed on that pelvic floor when you have a full bladder.

Most likely, that’s what you’re experiencing. It’s a fairly common experience. But, I’d be curious to know the specific ways that that was creating distress for you in your sex life, and we could troubleshoot that for you.


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