In life, unexpected bouts of nausea can catch us off guard, leaving us in situations where maintaining composure and minimizing potential embarrassment becomes a priority.
Knowing how to manage the urge to vomit discreetly can be invaluable, whether it’s a turbulent flight, a crowded social event, or a quiet classroom.
While it might not be the most comfortable topic, having a few tricks up your sleeve for those less-than-ideal moments can make all the difference.
In this blog post, we’ll dive into the subtle art of quietly vomiting – a skill that, hopefully rarely needed, can prove incredibly useful when the situation calls for it.
With practical tips, mindful techniques, and a touch of humor, we aim to equip you with the knowledge to handle queasiness with finesse.
Why Do I Vomit So Loudly?
You are probably aware of what I’m talking about, some people will basically yell in the toilet such that everyone in the building can hear them.
But in my case, most people I know have uniquely adapted to vomiting silently, other than the noise of the fluid coming out of their mouth.
We’ll discuss how you can mask out the sound of the fluids coming out later in this article.
The amount of noise you make when vomiting depends on how the muscles contract.
Some folks when throwing up, their muscles contract in a way that air is forced out of the lungs through the larynx and at the same time puke is forced from stomach.
Ways on How to Throw Up Quietly
It’s a natural response to vomit, but it can be embarrassing when you’re trying to go about your day. Whether you have morning sickness or food poisoning, here are some tips to help you throw up quickly and quietly.
Whatever the case, there’s no scientifically proven way on how you can throw up quietly.
However, with a few tips, I was able to finally figure out different ways you can mask up the sounds one makes when throwing up allowing you to puke without anyone noticing.
1. Purge In the Shower
This is a perfect idea and my most recommended way that will allow you to purge without anyone noticing.
If you need to throw up immediately after dinner, you simply have to act like you’re going to take shower.
Lock the washroom door behind you, and turn the water on, and go about your business.
To be on the safe side, I would highly recommend you put on some music.
The sound of water running and music will mask all the purging noise you make in there and no one will discover what you did.
You should also ensure that you have a drain that will filter out the large chunks, and then scoop them out and flush them down your quiet toilet.
Alternatively, you can remove the drain out mostly made of plastic and you won’t have to deal with the large chunks of vomit.
2. Purge While Standing
Several people across online forums have admitted that purging while standing is much quieter than kneeling or seating.
3. Try Doing it Outside
If you’re inside your home and everyone’s home, then why not take a walk outside.
I remember one time we had a big party at home and ate all that I could.
Later in the evening after everyone had gone home and it was me and my folks, I felt the need to throw up.
But as a teen, I couldn’t let my mom know and so I devised a plan that was a success.
I had pet rabbits and said that I’m going out to cuddle and feed them- I took a special bag that allowed me to dispose of everything without leaving any mess behind.
If you find yourself in such a scenario, all you have to do is find an excuse to go outside and go about your business discreetly.
You can say that you going to relax outside or simply want some fresh air.
You need to do this swiftly, otherwise, you may throw up before making it to the front door.
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4. Play Loud Background Music
If you ever feel the urge to puke when in your room when everyone’s home and no time to visit the bathroom, then here’s what you should do.
Turn on your stereo, and not too much loud bass– that could be annoying to your neighbors.
Go about your business, but make sure you have something to contain the vomit, or else you end up creating a mess that you’ll have to clean later.
5. The Heimlich Maneuver
While the Heimlich Maneuver is a first-aid procedure to treat choking, it can also induce vomiting.
There are a few ways you can perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself.
- Locate a chair with a high back so you can lean over it. Other rigid objects, such as a railing, can also work. Avoid picking a rigid object with a pointed tip or corner that could result in injury.
- Press your torso or abdomen firmly against the chair’s or other hard object’s back as you recline. Repeat this at least five to ten times (as would be the case done by a second person performing the Heimlich Maneuver) to initiate vomiting.
- Alternatively, you can do the Heimlich Maneuver on yourself without a chair, railing, etc. With a finger, locate your navel, then fist your hand. With the other hand, round your fist and pull firmly upward and inward.
6. Use Toilet Paper
Using toilet paper can reduce the sound of vomit striking the water in the toilet basin. Just drape a few sheets of toilet paper over the toilet bowl water, and you can vomit in silence. The tissue paper will soak up the vomit before it reaches the water. Additionally, most of the vomit will be contained within the toilet paper, which can then be flushed away.
If you don’t have toilet paper, it’s a good idea to aim far enough away from the water that’s in the bowl. Therefore, attempt to vomit so that the vomit strikes the walls of your toilet bowl, significantly reducing the noise.
This technique is also useful if you need to urinate or defecate quietly. Just take care not to block the toilet.
How To Vomit Quickly and Quietly
Take some warm saltwater
Pour boiling water into a glass, season with one or two tablespoons of salt, and wait for it to cool down. Take a single swallow of this saline water. It may take between 25 and 30 minutes to trigger vomiting, but using your index finger will speed up the process. Too much salt can throw off your body’s natural balance of electrolytes, causing you to throw up seawater.
Use your finger
Vomiting can be induced by running your finger down your throat and over your tongue. Your body produces a nausea reflex in response to your finger touching the root of your tongue. This causes you to experience nausea and vomiting.
Use your toothbrush
Additionally, the toothbrush can be utilized to trigger vomiting. If you are concerned about putting your index finger down your esophagus, this method is particularly useful. You can brush the bristles of your toothbrush against the back of the tongue and purge almost instantly. The toothbrush induces vomiting by stimulating the stomach reflex.
Find the Nausea Pressure Point
There are multiple nausea pressure spots on the body. One is in the center of the lower wrist (at the bottom of the palm), and another is between your thumb and fingers.
Applying pressure to these sites will induce vomiting. You may use your fingertips or heel, as this produces the most effective results. You must use the acupressure for a minimum of a few minutes to guarantee effectiveness.
This method is a great alternative if you cannot place your fingertips or your toothbrush in your mouth. Notably, initiating vomiting this way may take up to 10 minutes, so it is not the fastest solution.
In conclusion, mastering the art of throwing up quietly is a skill that can prove to be quite useful in certain situations.
Whether you’re dealing with an upset stomach in a public place, sharing a living space with others, or simply seeking a discreet way to handle an uncomfortable moment, the tips and techniques discussed in this article can certainly come in handy.
Remember, it’s important to prioritize your well-being and comfort above all else. If you find yourself feeling unwell or nauseous, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention or take the necessary steps to alleviate your discomfort. While throwing up quietly can be a helpful trick, it’s only a temporary solution to a larger issue.
By staying mindful of your surroundings, employing the techniques suggested here, and maintaining good hygiene practices, you can minimize the impact of an unavoidable bodily reaction. As you navigate through such moments with grace and discretion, you’ll be better equipped to handle unexpected challenges and maintain your composure in any situation.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
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