Unless you’re in Japan, public toilets can be uh, scary. But even if a toilet seat looks clean, it’s probably hosted a million bums. A million butts = Ewww . So in the end, we find other ways to do our dirty deed — we hover over the toilet seat like this.
So is hovering over the toilet seat a good thing?
At last, it has been proven with science that hovering over the toilet seat isn’t necessary. The toilet seat isn’t the only contaminated thing in the toilet and unless you have an open wound, you don’t need to worry about the germs on the toilet seats. In fact, they are the same germs that everyone carries — including you.
This video explains it all…
Not only is hovering ineffective in escaping germs, it actually causes muscles of our pelvic floor and pelvic girdle to get extremely tense. This then disrupts urine flow and if you always push or bear down to urinate, it can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse.
Even if you don’t do that, not emptying your bladder fully may ultimately cause increased frequency and urgency of urination, or in extreme cases, may even contribute to bladder infections. Okay, we don’t like the sound of that.
So what should we do if we’re scared of a dirty toilet seat? Try lining with toilet liners or clean toilet paper or wiping the seat off with sanitiser. It’s way better than developing some problems later on.