The “squatty potty.” It is a bathroom accessory that often is met with giggles and jokes. But for many of us, this essential bathroom addition is the difference between relief and extreme discomfort.
While you could likely ask your friend why they love their squatty potty (most of them have one), you might not want to get that personal. We feel you. That’s why we took the time to compile six real-life reasons to get a squatty potty bathroom stool for your home.
According to the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:
Constipation is a condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements a week; stools that are hard, dry, or lumpy; stools that are difficult or painful to pass; or a feeling that not all stool has passed.
And, constipation isn’t an uncommon thing. The National Institutes of Health (NHI) reports that 63 million people suffer from chronic constipation. This means even if you aren’t suffering from constipation, you know someone who is.
For those who suffer, whether knowingly or not, a Squatty Potty can help relieve and prevent constipation in a variety of ways. These include:
- Placing the body in a squatting position. This allows gravity to do the majority of the work. By placing the weight of the torso against your thighs, your color is naturally compressed — creating a gentle pressure that supplements the force of gravity.
- Squatting can help relax your bowel muscles, so that they can empty completely.
- Squatting also lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” which naturally rests at the entrance of the rectum. This kink helps you avoid going at unwanted times, but it can also keep you from going when you are ready. By raising the feet into a squat and unkinking it you can help prevent constipation.
According to NHI:
Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen and inflamed veins around your anus or in your lower rectum. External hemorrhoids form under the skin around the anus. Internal hemorrhoids form in the lining of the anus and lower rectum.
Despite the popular belief that hemorrhoids only affect men, they are common in both men and women. And roughly half of adults over the age of 50 suffer from them.
The symptoms and severity can range widely, including:
- Difficulty passing stools
- A lump near the anus
Many studies have found a correlation between fecal buildup in the colon and colon disease. It is believed this is because when fecal matter is retained, it allows the body to absorb toxins that should have been expelled.
Urinary Tract Infections & Difficulty Peeing
The urinary flow for women is stronger and typically easier to maintain when a woman squats. Like with your colon, squatting naturally places pressure and aids gravity in helping a woman fully expel their urine. This can reduce urinary tract infections and improve the ability to go.
Pelvic Floor Issues
One in three women suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders, according to a 2008 study conducted by Kaiser Permanente and published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. These pelvic floor issues can be exacerbated by a variety of factors, including:
One of the major symptoms of pelvic floor issues is urinary leakage. And while women are thought to be the primary sufferers, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that one-quarter of men over the age of 65 report issues with urinary leakage.
While men are not likely to sit while passing urine, even the act of completely emptying their bowls can help reduce pelvic floor issues and urinary leakage.
Let’s make no bones about it — using a squatty potty on the toilet is comfortable. It might not be something you want to think about, but the average person spends three hours and nine minutes sitting on the percaline throne.
That is a substantial amount of time! And while you might be using that time to do important things like read your favorite novel or hide from your kids, think how much more enjoyable it would be if you were comfortable! A squatty potty will take your three hours of solo-time to the next level. It is a luxury you won’t want to miss.