This past couple of weeks, a friend in the medical profession has worked with two clients with chronic back pain and osteoarthritis. These types of conditions can make it hard to twist and bend to thoroughly clean yourself after going to the bathroom.
Whoa! I know that is extremely personal! But it can be devastating and life altering to not be able to clean your private areas. So what did he do for his clients?
He showed different types of bidets! Bidets clean your private parts with a soft stream of water after you go to the toilet.
Personally, I did not know bidets existed until I was in my late twenties. I have seen a bidet in a bathroom in Europe, but I have never seen one in the U.K.
Toilet manufacturers reported an increase in sales in bidets and bidet seats in the UK. It’s not hard to see why. The benefits include being more gently effective with personal hygiene compared to the skin irritation that can come with toilet paper or wet wipes. Bidets also cut down on use of toilet paper.
Save the trees and save the bums!
His clients needed their backs saved as well. So I suggested a bidet seat or a hand held bidet. I would not install a separate bidet in a bathroom because that would take up too much space. Plus, try to squat on a bidet when your back is killing you!
You can find electric or non electric bidet seats to install on your existing toilet. The electric bidet seats, such as the Hygieya Classic Deluxe, are kind of fancier in that some brands offer the option to blow warm air on your bottom. Many bidet seats have controls that allow you to change water temperature and to aim the water stream where it needs to go.
Hand held bidets are typically less expensive. You can hook them on the toilet tank or on the wall next to the toilet if it’s within reach. If you have a hard time moving your shoulders and arms back because of arthritis and pain, this may not be the best option for you.
I hope you think or rethink thoughts on bidets! Your private areas will thank you. The trees will thank you. You will thank yourself for maintaining your independence!