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Hi Lucy - you'll find my story on the message board too. My paruresis is largely under control now but surfaces from time to time. There are things I still avoid - shopping with friends, going to public toilets at the same time as other people - but I avoid them without thinking about it and they don't bother me. I quite possibly could do those things now but I don't want to do them so don't even try. A big part of getting to grips with it was using, or visiting at least, toilets wherever I went.
You'll see in my story that we were planning another trekking trip to Nepal last October 2013 - I was a little tense the first day or 2 but had no problems after that. We're now planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2014 - it's not holding me back from doing the things I want to do.
I hope you continue to find ways of dealing with it. I do check the paruresis board regularly even though not many women use it so feel free to get in touch.