Until the 1900's the bidet was confined to the bedroom, along with the chamber pot (a bucket that served as a toilet.)
Modern plumbing brought the bidet into the bathroom. Where it sits next to the toilet.
In continental Europe, the usefulness of the bidet is fully understood and is considered to be as important in the bathroom as the toilet and the tub - no well equipped home is without one.
However, most Americans have never seen a bidet. Those who have, generally observed them in upscale hotels, either in the U.S. or in Europe. Rare is the American home that actually has one!
To some, this seems a bit strange, considering the American preoccupation with cleanliness. But the majority of Americans start their day in the shower, rather than visit the bathtub once a week. Thus the use of the bidet for personal hygiene has not yet taken on an important role in America.
It is interesting to note, that American plumbing manufacturers are among the top producers of bidets, and almost all of these are exported to other countries.
The bidet can and is be used by both men and women. Bidets offer the user a hands-free and supposedly superior water wash in place of the wiping and occasionally irritating action of toilet paper.
An invaluable aid to person hygiene, the bidet is gaining popularity among senior citizens, the disabled and those with impaired motor functions. or incontinence.
Bidets are also used for sitz baths. A sitz bath (also called a hip bath) is a type of bath in which only the hips and buttocks are soaked in water or saline solution. Its name comes from the German verb sitzen, meaning to sit
A sitz bath is used for patients who have had surgery in the area of the rectum, or to ease the pain of hemorrhoids, uterine cramps, prostate infections, painful ovaries, and/or testicles. It is also used to ease discomfort from infections of the bladder, prostate, or vagina. Inflammatory bowel diseases are also treated with sitz baths.
In America, the bidet has developed an aura of indelicacy, largely due to its primary use - to clean the private body parts. But the bidet can be used for anything a wash basin is used for. From foot baths, to hand washing clothes, to soaking tennis shoes!
- Vaginal Discharge
- Feminine Hygiene
- Sexual Intercourse
- Pregnancy and postpartum hygiene
- Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (Cystitis and Urethritis)
- Elderly and Physically Challenged
- Diarrhea and Dysentery
Discharge may be abnormal if it is excessive, offensive smelling, yellow or green in color or if it causes itching. Abnormal vaginal discharge often occurs in Vaginitis. Infection with the Fungus: Candida Albicans causes a thick white discharge.
All of these secretions and discharges can be offensive. Constant use of the bidet, while not being curative of these various afflictions will, dramatically reduce discomfort and most importantly diminish risk of offensive odors to those around the afflicted woman, especially in warmer weather.
In the opinion of most physicians, such products as feminine hygiene deodorants and moist cloth towelettes may be potentially harmful. They may irritate the delicate tissues of the urinary meatus and vaginal opening and thus invite infection.
As soon as the woman is pregnant, her systems and bodily functions
start changing, more so the need for the bidet's intimate cleansing
and therapeutic benefits to keep her fresh, clean and odor-free.
Giving birth is a painful process, be it the first born or the last
new arrival to the family. Especially when there's an Episiotomy
involved. The Mother being very uncomfortable during the painful
healing process. Risk of infection anally or vaginally , odor free
hygiene at any time of day or night, as well as being there
available to soothe her various perineal afflictions during post
partum recovery period.
Physicians believe in women these problems are largely due to the
closeness of the Urinary Meatus (the opening though which urine
leaves the vagina) to the anus, where there are fecal bacteria
capable of causing infection. Feces are believed to be the main
source of bacteria responsible for urinary track infections in
women. The bidet provides fresh water wash on a non irritating,
thorough cleansing and additional therapeutic benefits for the
rectum, perineum, fabina and urethra Avoiding contamination of the
urethra is recommended as a preventative measure when dealing with
Cystitis and Urethritis. The bidet provides a non irritating fresh
water wash and cleansing not achievable through use of dry paper.
Irritated skin is soothed and comforted until medication eliminates
the yeast infection. Regular use of the bidet immediately upon
elimination and urination, of both anus and vagina, should totally
eliminate this potential cause for urinary tract infections.
As the infant grows to and through the toddler stages, graduating
from being diapered to being placed on the toilet to begin the
potty-training period is when and where the value and benefits of
the bidet as a Training System. With addition of a potty-ring or
potty-seat placed on the toilet seat, the toilet can be instantly
converted into Potty Training & Hygiene System.
Hemorrhoids are veins under the rectum or around the anus that are dilated or swollen. They are caused by repeated pressure in the rectal area or anal veins. This pressure usually results repeated straining to pass bowel movements. Rarely they result from benign or malignant tumors of the abdomen or rectum.
It's thought that 75% of Americans will have them at some time in their lives. The risk for getting hemorrhoids increases with: Constipation, low dietary fiber intake, pregnancy and delivery I obesity, diarrhea, overexertion and certain occupations that require continual standing or sitting.
Maintaining good hygiene is the most important part of relieving the bleeding, pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids. Used regularly, the Bidet, with the flow of water to cleanse thoroughly, can even eliminate the use of messy creams and suppositories which are unpleasant to use and are often ineffective.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: Rectal bleeding, rectal tenderness and/or itching, uncomfortable, painful bowel movements, especially with straining, a lump that can be felt in the anus, a mucous discharge after a bowel movement.
A Bidet System affords owners and steady users the benefits of a direct and steady diffused spray of cool or warm soothing water to the afflicted Hemorrhoid area. The benefit being shrink the membrane and aggravated surrounding tissue, reducing swelling, irritation and bleeding.
Maintaining good hygiene is the most important part of relieving the bleeding, pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids. Used regularly, the Bidet, with the flow of water to cleanse thoroughly, can even eliminate the use of messy creams and suppositories which are unpleasant to use and are often ineffective Doctors even recommend this type of cleansing over the use of moist pads. The ingredients in the moist pads can sometimes produce an allergic reaction which adds to the irritation and discomfort of hemorrhoids. Some physicians believe that scents and inks in decorative toilet papers may cause irritation.
Personal hygiene does not stop with menopause, it goes on for life.
Unfortunately for some getting older brings with it excess baggage
as a measure of aches, pains and in sundry ailments.
Maintaining personal cleanliness is extremely difficult for many arthritic and handicapped people, continuous daily use of the bidet brings benefits that make life measurably more comfortable and pleasant and in some instances eliminating difficult or painful disrobing for bathing.
The upward stream of water, provided by the bidet, directly into the
rectum in a steady stream serves to relax the internal and external
sphincter muscles controlling the anus, thus permitting contraction
of the muscular walls of the rectum, causing feces to be more easily
passed without straining. The bidet's cleansing nozzle stimulates a
bowel movement by relaxing the sphincters and lubricating the anus.
A 8-10 second application of direct warm water flow is recommended
prior to attempting to defecate.
Increasing the water pressure with the pressure control valve allows the water to penetrate much in the same way as an enema and brings about a gentle, comfortable, more natural elimination. Daily use of the Bidet for this purpose gradually teaches the user how to relax thus relieving constipation through a natural habit. A definite aid.
Both debilitating ailments have things in common, several being:
Constant trips to the toilet and subsequent need to wipe the anus
causes painful friction of the rectum, which is especially painful
for young children. Body fluids excreted when suffering from
diarrhea or dysentery irritate, the rectum due to their acidic toxic
discharge. Again, wiping the anus exacerbates the problem causing
much pain and discomfort.
When suffering from either ailment, the bidet smoothing and cleansing actions utilizing its cool water flow is literally a "godsend" to those afflicted souls. The bidet cleansing nozzles prevent irritation as well as flushing away bodily fluids discharged as a result of these ailments. Pat drying with soft. towel eliminates the resultant wetness causing no irritation, no matter how many trips to the toilet.