Updated: Jan 19
Bidet?... For men? Yes!
Although bidets are often thought of as a women's hygiene product, they can be just as beneficial for men. Using a bidet can be a great way to improve your overall hygiene.
In fact, since we usually have tons of hair "down there", it's safe to say that bidets are even more essential for men!
Bidet Benefits for Men
Using a bidet can help men to feel cleaner, fresher, and more confident during the day. They are also very helpful for people with certain medical conditions that make wiping difficult or painful.
Bacterial prostatitis, a painful condition caused by infections in the prostate, is common among people who have a prostate, which is all of us men. Roughly 8% of all men experience prostate infection at some point in their lifetime, according to a study by the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
Bacterial prostatitis can be debilitating because it causes swelling and discomfort in the lower back, between the genitals, above the pelvic bone, or in the testicles. It is even linked to causing urinary tract infections.
One way to avoid an infection? Washing away all bacteria with a targeted stream of water from a bidet.
Super cleanliness after using the restroom
As men, we are typically covered in a forest of hair around the anus, which is a nightmare when it comes to wiping after using the toilet. Having tons of hair makes it next to impossible to get a thorough clean with toilet paper that you can be confident about.
Either you are using ungodly amounts of toilet paper, or you are going to have some embarrassing stains on your underwear. And even if you feel that you wiped perfectly, there will still be a possible odor leaking out from your pants.
The ideal option after you do your business is to use a bidet toilet seat. A bidet toilet seat thoroughly cleans your butt so no odors or fecal matter end up sticking to the hair follicles.
Avoiding Jock Itch
Jock itch is an extremely annoying condition that can cause rashes, swelling, pain, and odor. The number one cause of jock itch is via contact with other people or contaminated towels or clothing. It is often caused by the same fungus that causes athlete's foot, since the fungus can travel via your hands or on a towel, the infection frequently travels from your feet to your groin.
Although over-the-counter medication can clear up jock itch, it is essential to thoroughly wash the area and keep it dry throughout the day. This is where a bidet comes in handy. A bidet sprayer will shower you with clean warm water to wash away bacteria and fungus to ensure perfect personal hygiene.
After cleaning you can either pat dry with a towel or air dry with the bidet features to make sure there is no moisture leftover where fungus can thrive.
As an added bonus, changing your routine from wiping to washing can help prevent jock itch in the first place!
Avoiding Bladder Infections
UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are mostly found in women, but men can contract them as well. And as men become older, they are increasingly susceptible to contracting UTIs.
Caused by build-ups of bacteria, prostate problems, or sexually transmitted diseases, male bladder infections are no joke. They can cause severe pain when urinating and a bunch of other issues.
A bidet seat is an important deterrent for infection because it helps to wash away bacteria that could build up in the urethra as well as air dry sensitive areas where moisture could cause bacteria to grow.
Benefits for Other Embarrassing Issues
Nobody wants to talk about hemorrhoids or constipation, but we all experience them at some time! A bidet is useful for preventing and treating hemorrhoids by cleaning with a warm water, posterior wash instead of scraping sensitive skin with toilet paper. When you're constipated, the pressure of a bidet can assist with moving things along by allowing small amounts of water into the anus.
How Do Men Use a Bidet Toilet Seat?
First, you should sit on the toilet as you would at any other time. Once seated, use the control panel normally found on the side of the bidet seat to regulate the water pressure and temperature to a setting that is comfortable and pleasing to you. With just a few pushes of a button, you'll have a sparkling clean butt. And you don't have to do anything.
Use the posterior function and it will rinse your anus with warm/cold water as your preference. In many circumstances, this is enough to clean yourself sufficiently so that you don't need to use any soap. Then use the dryer function to dry off without needing any toilet paper.
If you're dealing with jock itch, you might want to clean the afflicted region fully using the front wash before drying completely and applying treatment.
How to Use a Traditional Bidet for Men
The usage of a traditional bidet is similar except it is installed in your bathroom as a separate fixture.
To use a bidet, you need to sit down on the toilet like normal and do what you would normally do. After using the toilet, you want to straddle the bidet facing away from the faucet. Taking your pants off will make it easier to straddle and avoid getting any water on your pants.
To adjust the water pressure and temperature, simply locate the knob next to or above the bidet and turn it to your desired setting, just like you would in the shower. You will want to find a comfortable position and water pressure before proceeding.
Once you have everything set up, lower yourself onto the stream of water to aim it where you need it. Be sure to clean yourself off thoroughly afterward and then turn off the water and dry off with a towel.
You may dry yourself with toilet paper or a towel if you're using the conventional bidet. Towels are usually available on a ring near the bidet in public restrooms with this function. However, using a paper towel is more sanitary and safe.