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If a public bathroom is packed, a lot of people can’tgo.” The fear of urinating in the presence of others is called paruresis – also known as shy bladder syndrome. It affects about 7% of the population and it can lead to an infection if you wait too long to empty your bladder, because it allows bacteria to build up. So use a bathroom on another floor, flush the toilet so no one can hear you, or if your case is really bad, talk to a therapist.