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I have always felt uncomfortable and self concious using toilets within earshot of anybody apart from my partner. Until last year I didn't give it a second thought but then I became aware of the underlying cause which I am addressing. I find it difficult to use public toilets or to stay in my childhood home. I cope by greatly reducing fluid intake to the point where I'm dehydrated. If I'm travelling alone I've found the best and most effective way to get the flow started is to pee into pads or towels as a last resort. Not ideal but at least I can empty my bladder.