paruresis

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paruresis

(ˌpɑːjʊˈriːsɪs)
n
a psychological inability to urinate in the presence of others
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This might be particularly upsetting to men suffering from what is sometimes called shy bladder syndrome if their restroom companion was of the opposite gender, and probably embarrassing to any man who is not comfortable engaging in bodily functions in the presence of an adult female, claims Banzhaf.
Paruresis, also known as shy bladder syndrome, is defined as the fear of being unable to initiate or sustain urination because of the subconscious perception of a threat, such as the fear of being scrutinized by others (Boschen, 2008; Soifer, Zgourides, Himle, & Pickering, 2001).
An embarrassment to bare all in the presence of strangers is called Shy Bladder Syndrome (SBS) or paruresis.