A few weeks back, there was a thread among blogs about peeing in the pool. Someone commented that pee is sterile. As a dedicated nerd, I had to check this out for myself, so I did at the pre-operative meeting that I had with my doctor last week.
It went something like this:
Doctor Garcia: So, I think I've covered everything - did you have any more questions?
Doc: (blinking) I beg your pardon?
Me: A bunch of triathletes were discussing the relative merits, or lack thereof, of peeing in the pool, and someone said that pee is sterile. Is it?
Doc: Um, well, yes, but there is nearly always going to be bacteria present in your bladder that would be carried out with it. Besides, it's kind of gross to expect someone swim in your pee.
Me: Oh, okay. I wasn't sure, but I had to know.
Doc: I think people who say things like that are people who pee in their wetsuit and want to have an excuse.
Added later: Notice the mention of "wetsuit?" I wonder if my Doc is a closet triathlete! I'll have to ask her on Thursday.