Booty, Booty, Booty...Why is the Anus Always Left Out of the Health-Care Conversation? - Allbodies

Booty, Booty, Booty…Why is the Anus Always Left Out of the Health-Care Conversation?

Hemorrhoids
The booty gets a lot of attention- cue “Baby Got Back” (and anyone else remember those Brazilian Butt-lift infomercials?)   So why then, when it comes to talking about all the different (and often very common!) booty issues that can arise- do we hear crickets?

Let’s talk about our butts and the whys and hows to keep em healthy and clean. (And yeah, you guessed it, we got tools to help you too!)

Starting with some common conditions like….

HEMORRHOIDS!!!

*So Fun* for the 15 million plus people a year who get them!  [1]

What exactly are they anyway?

Hemorrhoids are swollen or dilated blood vessels in the rectum or anal canal. There are two types of hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids– which are usually itchy or painful bumps or lumps near the anal opening- you may be able to see em if you spread your cheeks.  And internal hemorrhoids– dilated veins that form inside the rectum and above the anal opening, and are therefore “internal” – you may not be able to see em from the outside (though you can certainly feel em!)  In some situations, it is possible for internal hemorrhoids to enlarge and protrude or prolapse out of the anus. Hemorrhoids are formed from increased pressure on the anus from activities like heavy weight lifting, straining to poop, being pregnant and pushing a human baby out of your vagina. 

 

While some people experience no symptoms (1), others may experience itchy butthole (like you just didn’t wipe yourself well enough), or that going to poop is a real pain in the ass (couldn’t help ourselves).  Burning, painful poops and an overall sense of irritation or discomfort is not uncommon. If you’re into anal play, be sure to use extra lubrication to help avoid further irrititation, and know it is possible for hemorrhoids to bleed, so be sure to use protection. 

Anal fissures!!!

An anal fissure is a split or tear in the lining of the anus.  In addition to being a potential side effect from health issues like anal cancer or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS), anal fissures are actually very, very common and not necessarily a sign of anything being wrong.  Anal fissures can happen as a result of a hard poop, diarrhea, constipation, birth, and penetration. Ya know- all the stuff us humans are doing all day, every day. Anal fissures occur equally commonly in men* and women* and most often occur in adults aged 15 to 40. [4] How do you know you have one? If you experience pain during a poop, and continue to have pain post-poop, it’s not a bad idea to take a look between those cheeks. Fissures will most often look more like cracks in the skin than bumps (as hemorrhoids do). You may even see some bright red blood on the tissue when you wipe yourself.  

 

Because the anal lining is delicate, geting fissures during penetration is a very real possiblitity.  Tears make you more susceptible to STIs and other infections, so we’ll remind you again use protection during anal play!

UTIS, BV AND OTHER INFECTIONS!!!

That’s right party peeps- your butt and vag are connected (they are neighbors afterall).

And, according to dermatologist  Curtis Asbury, MD, there seems to be an uptick in the number of patients coming in with poor rectal and genital hygiene. [5]

 

Why is this the case? There aren’t any definitive answers. But it may all stem from something as basic as simply never having been taught how to properly wipe when going to the bathroom because well, our culture has trouble talking about this stuff!

 

If you have a vagina, it’s important that you wipe from front to back.  This way you aren’t pushing your fecal matter back inside of you. Extra bacteria by the vaginal canal can disrupt the vagina’s overall flora flow allowing for UTIs, Bacterial Vaginosis (B.V) and other infections to brew. Also, if vagina-havers stay seated during wiping, it may help to keep your perineal area open (ergonomically speaking!)[5] This is helpful to get more of the fecal matter and bacteria out and makes you less likely to miss some lingering poop.  #thethingstheyjustdonttellyou

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SO WHAT’S A TUSH OWNER TO DO?

Close your eyes and imagine just HOW. FREAKING. GOOD a stream of warm water between your intimate parts would feel?

 

SO. DAMN. GOOD.

 

Well, in addition to switchin your wiping habits, and ensuring you are using protection while being intimate, you can…

 

GET A BIDET! (and yes, you guessed it, we do have a TUSHY bidet for you right this way)

What is a bidet you ask?

A bidet is a plumbing fixture or attachment intended specifically for washing the genitalia, perineum,, and anus. Basically, you get water squirted  at your bum. 

 

A bidet can help keep your anal area clean (and therefore help your vag out too!) by washing away unwanted bacteria and fecal matter.  As Dr. Asbury says, “It’s healthier, certainly, to clean your body with water…Nobody takes a dry piece of paper, rubs it over their skin, and thinks they’re clean.” [5]  And the proof is in the pudding. “Wiping with dry paper or wet wipes contributes to the 30 million annual cases of hemorrhoids, UTIs, yeast infections, anal fissures, anal itching etc.”[6]

 

Basically, using toilet paper leaves us sitting in our own skid marks (Not to mention is very wasteful! Americans use over 34 million rolls of toilet paper EVERY. DAY)[6]

I’m intrigued- but aren’t bidets enormous and like, a gajillion dollars?

In the 15th century, “Bidet” was used in France to refer to the pet ponies that French royalty kept. (It’s also significant that you are supposed to straddle a butt-bidet much like you would when riding a pony.)  The word on the internet streets is that non-pet-pony bidets originated in France around the early 1700s…in the bedroom! 

 

Now, if you’ve traveled through other parts of the world (we found a source that claimed you can find bidets in 80% of parts of Europe, Asia and South America- not sure how they got this figure but…) (7) you have likely seen a bidet before.  But it’s still pretty rare to see one in an American bathroom. Why? Fun fact: because Americans saw them in brothels, they thought they must be associated with immorality because… sex, ya know?! Plus, most American bathrooms just weren’t large enough to accommodate them. So as with most things in life, if you don’t know what you’re missing – you don’t miss it. Americans were used to only wiping with toilet paper for all this time, so they didn’t believe the bidet was necessary or know the benefits. While those that were accustomed to bidets think that to go without one (some countries require bidets installed in all bathrooms) is simply unsanitary. [7]

We have very, very good news for you!

Bidets of today, like TUSHY, can easily clip on to your already existing toilet and costs only $69 (hehehe). Plus, they’re actually really good lookin’.

 

HOW A BIDET CAN HELP YOUR BUTT...

Bidets can provide relief for many conditions, and in some cases can actually help treat the condition and prevent symptoms before they even start.  In addition to easing anal fissures and hemorrhoids, they may also help with:

  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Constipation

Pregnancy + Postpartum

When pregnant, TUSHY can be a butt-saver!  After all, it starts to get pretty hard to reach back there.

 

And just wait till after baby comes… warm water on your perineal area after all that stretching- YES PLEASE! Also, if you needed stitches, GREAT way to help keep em clean. 

Post-Booty

Another great usage for that TUSHY?

Cleaning your booty after getting some booty! Always a good idea

WE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!

Where does the water come from?

Have no fear, TUSHY doesn’t get its water from your toilet bowl. Instead, it comes right from your tap so the water’s as clean as your bum will be!

How does TUSHY hook up to the water system?

How the heck does it come from the tap?! TUSHY’s adapter (provided with purchase) connects to the water supply that fills your toilet tank, and its hose (also provided) connects to the adapter. Turn the knob and a pressure-based stream will come out like magic.  No MacGyver-ing needed, just about 10 minutes of your time.

How do you get your butt dry?

If you’re not into air drying, you can use your everyday toilet paper. Instead of crumbling, folding, or wrapping way too much around your hand, you’ll only need a few of those little TP squares to pat yourself dry. No worries, your toilet paper usage will still go way down, and if you’re in the eco-friendly mood, you can skip the two-ply for environmentally friendly TP options.  For those on the zero waste train, you can use antibacterial towels like these from Tushy

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Written by: Loni Swain

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+ References

[1] https://gi.org/topics/hemorrhoids-and-other-anal-disorders/

[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324637.php

[3]https://goodbyehaemorrhoids.com/the-relation-between-hemorrhoids-and-vaginal-hemorrhoids-anal-mucus-anal-sex-hiv-aids/

[4]  “Anal Fissure – Basics – Epidemiology”. Best Practice. British Medical Journal. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. https://newbp.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/563

[5] https://mentalfloss.com/article/541835/best-way-to-wipe-your-butt-expert-tips

[7] https://mentalfloss.com/article/51337/why-arent-bidets-common-us

[8] https://www.mdedge.com/obgyn/article/61780/anal-sphincter-injury-childbirth

[9]  https://www.continence.org.au/pages/prolapse.html

[10] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14615-rectal-prolapse

[11]https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/multidisciplinary-obstetric-medicine-service-moms/common-conditions-during/gastro

[12] https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/pregnancy.html

[13] https://medlineplus.gov/irritablebowelsyndrome.html

[14] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016

[15] https://www.healio.com/gastroenterology/curbside-consultation/%7Bc9ea2053-087a-45d6-826b-e91c14d162d0%7D/how-common-is-ibs

[16]https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/37063.php

[17] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/symptoms-causes/syc-20354253

[18] https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/constipation-causes.aspx

[19] https://www.healthline.com/symptom/constipation

[20] https://www.medical.theclinics.com/article/S0025-7125(14)00013-3/fulltext

[21] https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/anal-abscess#2

[22] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140329/

[23] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459167/

[1] https://gi.org/topics/hemorrhoids-and-other-anal-disorders/

[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324637.php

[3]https://goodbyehaemorrhoids.com/the-relation-between-hemorrhoids-and-vaginal-hemorrhoids-anal-mucus-anal-sex-hiv-aids/

[4]  “Anal Fissure – Basics – Epidemiology”. Best Practice. British Medical Journal. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. https://newbp.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/563

[5] https://mentalfloss.com/article/541835/best-way-to-wipe-your-butt-expert-tips

[7] https://mentalfloss.com/article/51337/why-arent-bidets-common-us

[8] https://www.mdedge.com/obgyn/article/61780/anal-sphincter-injury-childbirth

[9]  https://www.continence.org.au/pages/prolapse.html

[10] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14615-rectal-prolapse

[11]https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/multidisciplinary-obstetric-medicine-service-moms/common-conditions-during/gastro

[12] https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/pregnancy.html

[13] https://medlineplus.gov/irritablebowelsyndrome.html

[14] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016

[15] https://www.healio.com/gastroenterology/curbside-consultation/%7Bc9ea2053-087a-45d6-826b-e91c14d162d0%7D/how-common-is-ibs

[16]https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/37063.php

[17] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/symptoms-causes/syc-20354253

[18] https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/constipation-causes.aspx

[19] https://www.healthline.com/symptom/constipation

[20] https://www.medical.theclinics.com/article/S0025-7125(14)00013-3/fulltext

[21] https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/anal-abscess#2

[22] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140329/

[23] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459167/