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Are Bidets Good for Hemorrhoids?

Are Bidets Good for Hemorrhoids?

We all know how it’s supposed to go. For years, everything worked just fine. A trip to the bathroom wasn’t something to be afraid of. It wasn’t itchy. It didn’t burn. It wasn’t painful. Now, when we check that folded wad of toilet paper, we don’t see signs of health (either pure white or a smear of brown – which only means you have more work to do). We end up seeing the worst color imaginable. Red! A bright hue of carmine that sets off all the warning bells in our minds. “Is my butt bleeding?” you might say. 

Yes, it is. Although embarrassing and a constant source of insecurity (“Man, I can’t even poop right…”), hemorrhoids are very common. The number of people in the US suffering from hemorrhoids is estimated to be around 10.4 million, and 1 million new cases occur each year. 

What are the signs you’re suffering from a hemorrhoid? Here are the most common symptoms: 

  • Anal swelling
  • Anal itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Difficulty cleaning after a bowel movement

(Source: news.medical.net) 

(Side note: on this last point, hemorrhoids present a clear problem when trying to stay clean. Oftentimes, the pile or swollen area resides at the opening of the anus – which means that fecal matter can become trapped behind the hemorrhoid and later ooze into your pants as you’re walking around. If you’re finding yourself taking separate trips to the bathroom solely for the purpose of wiping, then it might be time to seek hemorrhoidal treatment. You should never feel ashamed for having a hemorrhoid, but dude, can’t the human body be disgusting?) 

How Hemorrhoids Develop

A hemorrhoid is basically a vein that has stretched under pressure and then has bulged and become swollen. When the vein is punctured, that’s when bleeding occurs. The causes of hemorrhoids are the typical daily activities that create increased pressure in the lower rectum. They include: 

  • Straining during bowel movements 
  • Sitting for long periods of time, especially on the toilet
  • Having chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Being obese
  • Being pregnant
  • Having anal intercourse
  • Eating a low-fiber diet
  • Regularly lifting heaving objects  

(Source: mayoclinic.com) 

How to Prevent Hemorrhoids 

  • Don’t sit too long or push too hard on the toilet.
  • Go to the toilet when the urge hits — don’t delay bowel movements.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Eat more high-fiber foods (fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains) or take supplements. Generally, women and people assigned female at birth should aim for 25 grams of fiber per day, while men and people assigned male at birth should get 35 grams of fiber.
  • Stay physically active. Being on the move keeps bowels moving.
  • Take laxatives or use enemas only as recommended by your healthcare provider. Too many laxatives or enemas can make it hard for your body to regulate how you poop.

Hemorrhoids get more and more common as you get older. If you want to beat Father Time and avoid hemorrhoids altogether, the following can help with prevention: 

(Source: my.clevelandclinic.org) 

How to Treat Hemorrhoids

If you’re suffering with hemorrhoids, there are many diet and lifestyle changes that have proven effective. You should try the following

  • Eat more fiber
  • 20-30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each day
  • Take the time to defecate as soon as you feel the urge
  • A 20-minute sitz bath
  • Over-the-counter topical relief medicine

(Source: health.harvard.edu)

Is a Bidet Good for Hemorrhoids?

Ummm…duh. It turns out the practice we intuitively use on the rest of our bodies also works on our butts. Remember, it’s never going to heal if you don’t stop picking. You would never see a scab on your forearm and decide to rub coarse toilet paper across it. The same idea applies to your anus, and it’s why a bidet is the best solution for staying clean and staying healthy. 

Avoid a Hemorrhoid with Swan Toilets

If you’re still using toilet paper, your chaffed bottom is a ticking time bomb. On any given day, you could discover that the slight discomfort you feel when wiping has morphed into an ugly, bleeding hemorrhoid. Avoid that fate altogether by upgrading your toilet. With Swan Toilets, you get a smart toilet with a built-in bidet and air dryer. That means it’s completely hands-free!  

Those of you with hemorrhoids can enjoy trips to the bathroom again, and those without hemorrhoids will never discover what it’s like to see red on their toilet paper. Embrace the luxury of a smart toilet and discover the health benefits of a bidet.

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