© November 2014, The Writers Group
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A bidet is either a separate toilet or an attachment for a regular toilet that sprays water upward while one sits on the toilet seat. The spray is aimed at your private parts in such a way that it cleans your bottom thoroughly after a bowel movement. Bidets are used more in Europe than in America or elsewhere, but are gaining popularity as more people discover their benefits.
BENEFITS OF A BIDET
1. Very clean. I really like using a bidet because it cleans your bottom quickly and more thoroughly than toilet paper, once you get used to using it.
It is also excellent for those who are disabled, or for some other reason may have trouble using toilet paper.
2. Washing. One can also use the bidet to wash your anal area and genital organs quickly without having to take a complete shower. This can be useful after a coffee enema, for example, and at other times. It is easy to wet the area, then rub some soap on the area, and then rinse everything off with the bidet.
3. Laxative. I find that directing water at the anal area with a bidet can have a slight laxative effect. The water must enter the rectum a little. It is somewhat similar to doing a mild water enema.
This is excellent if you are ready to do a coffee enema, for example, but have not had a bowel movement and you want to clean out the rectum before your coffee enema.
4. Save money. Using a bidet will save some money on toilet paper. This will easily pay for a simple bidet toilet attachment (about $50.00 USD).
5. Help the septic system or city sewage system. Less toilet paper entering the sewage system or your septic tank is another benefit of using a bidet.
CAUTIONS AND PROBLEMS WITH BIDETS
BidetÕs have the following possible problems:
1. Bacterial contamination. If your tap water is contaminated with bacteria or parasites, you could contract an infection from using a bidet. So be sure the tap water supply is clean if you want to use a bidet. Some more expensive bidets include a filter to remove some bacteria from the water.
2. Cold water. The unit I use sprays cold water on your bottom. I donÕt find this a problem even in the dead of winter, as it is not a lot of water, but some people might not like it. More expensive bidet toilet attachments offer heated water.
3. A wet bottom. Most bidets leave your bottom wet. I use two squares of toilet paper to quickly dry myself before dressing. More costly bidet toilet attachments come with a blow dryer to solve this problem.
4. Perhaps a little more difficult to clean your toilet. The more simple, unheated bidet toilet attachment with a fixed spray head projects into the toilet bowl a little. This gets in the way, to a degree, when you are cleaning the toilet. I do not find it a problem, however.
Cleaning the toilet is not a problem at all if you buy:
a) a bidet toilet attachment that has a hand-held sprayer.
b) a fancier heated bidet toilet seat.
c) a completely separate bidet toilet.
5. Not a douche. The position of the spray jets are fixed on the unit I have. They will not spray into a womanÕs vagina so it cannot be used as a douche.
However, bidet toilet attachments are sold that have a hand-held sprayer head. These can easily be used for both cleaning the anal area, and as a douche.
I have tried several kinds of bidets. I prefer one with a fixed sprayer head because it is a little easier to use for cleaning the rectal area, which is the main way I use the device.
WHICH UNIT IS BEST?
Bidets come in the following configurations:
1. Hand-held cold spray. This is a flexible hose that connects to the toilet water supply. At the end of the hose is a sprayer with an on-off control. You have to move it into position so it sprays where you want it to go.
I find this type of bidet less convenient because one needs to hold it to use it. However, women may like it better because it is very easy to also use as a douche. These cost about $20-40.00 USD.
2. Fixed cold spray units. This is non-electric, attaches to the toilet seat easily, and has a fixed sprayer that sprays your bottom. You can vary the intensity of the spray. Some have a single sprayer unit, and some have two sprayers – one for the front and one for the back. They cost about $25-60. USD.
This type seems easier to use. A number of brands are sold via the internet. A good brand is Luxe.
3. Heated bidet toilet seats. These are much fancier units that cost several hundred dollars. It is an entire replacement toilet seat for your standard toilet that usually contains:
a) a tiny electric water heater (which must be plugged into the wall).
b) perhaps a filter to remove bacteria from the water.
b) perhaps a heated toilet seat.
c) perhaps a small blow dryer to dry your bottom when you are finished using the bidet.
4. An entirely separate bidet toilet. This is a ceramic unit and look similar to a regular toilet. Some homes have them sitting next to their regular toilet. The bidet has an on-off control and the sprayer unit is usually fixed and set into the ceramic of the bidet toilet bowl. These cost several hundred dollars or more, and require their own tap water supply and drain pipe.
Simpler models just use cold water. Fancier ones might contain the amenities found in the bidet toilet seats (#3 above).
All of these can work well. Which you buy depends on how much space you have, how much you want to spend, and which features you prefer.