Doctors warn: stop using toilet paper after going to the bathroom

Are you only using toilet paper after going to the bathroom?

Yes, then you are one of many, many people guilty of making a mistake. Or at least that is what several doctors believe.

Using toilet paper alone can leave fecal residues and create irritation on the anus, writes The Mirror.

Experts warn against the use of ordinary toilet paper, the news site reports. This incredibly common product is not enough for getting rid of all the fecal matter after going to the toilet, they say.

Using toilet paper can be prejudicial

Besides, the development of the industry has made little progress in the past few decades.

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In countries such as Japan, Greece, Argentina, and Italy, bidets are common in most households, making toilet visits a much more clean and healthy experience.

However, an alarming number of developed nations have fallen behind in ass-cleaning technology. Among them, we find America.

Doctors have discovered that excessive wiping can cause health problems such as anal injuries, itching, and urinary tract infection. In the long run, it can also increase the risk of developing hemorrhoids, reports The Mirror.

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While this may sound absurd, American celebrities like Will Smith and Terrence Howard have openly advocated using a bidet. The former has even called the procedure “special and incredible.”

Millions with a dirty anus

According to the site Tonic, 90 percent of households in Japan, Greece, Argentina, and Italy have a bidet in their bathroom – but finding one in an American home is highly unusual.

The question now is whether one should consider investing in one. According to experts, yes, your buttocks are a susceptible and delicate part of your body. 

Especially after pooping.

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Rose George, author of the book The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, told Tonic in an interview how using toilet paper does not entirely remove stool residue.

“I find it rather baffling that millions of people are walking around with dirty anuses while thinking they are clean,” George said. “Toilet paper moves sh*t, but it doesn’t remove it.”


So stop using only toilet paper immediately and invest in a bidet instead – there are options for all budgets!

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