Bidets have been gaining a lot of popularity in the US as of late, especially during the toilet paper shortages over the past few years.
And despite many people being hesitant about trying a bidet, most who eventually take the plunge (no pun intended) find themselves telling everyone they know about how revolutionary it is. You can find plenty of people on social media discussing how bidets changed their lives.
Through this wave of bidet enlightenment, women have discovered how great of an addition the bidet is to their daily hygiene routine.
This brings us to a common question I hear – can you use a bidet on your period? Let’s find out.
Can You Use a Bidet On Your Period?
Yes, you absolutely can use a bidet on your period. Using a bidet is the most hygienic way to cleanse after using the toilet when you are on your period.
Whether you use a menstrual cup, pads, tampons, or any other menstrual product, it’s important that you feel clean during your period. And if you get heavy periods, that can feel difficult at times.
It’s inconvenient to use wet wipes or toilet paper on your period. Wiping with wet wipes might cause your skin to irritate and sometimes the amount of toilet paper needed to thoroughly clean is eye-watering.
After using the toilet on your period, the best way to wash is with a gentle stream of water – you will feel much cleaner and more refreshed than using toilet paper alone. And that’s exactly the feeling that a bidet gives you.
Some bidets have warm water and dryer functions. Spraying your vaginal area with warm water during your period can help reduce period cramps.
Benefits of Using a Bidet for Women
Using a bidet provides a superior clean than toilet paper. Imagine getting feces or blood on your arm. Would you simply wipe it away with toilet paper or would you, at a minimum, wash it off with water?
Our behinds should receive the same treatment, in my opinion.
Bidets protect you from any contact with germs or feces particles when you’re wiping. Instead, they’re cleaned thoroughly with the water spray and then flushed.
Bidets will help you save on toilet paper, though you may still want to use a bidet towel to pat yourself dry if your bidet does not have a dryer function.
Even if you decide to continue using toilet paper, your usage will be cut drastically by using a bidet.
If you were using 10-20 toilet paper squares to wipe, you’ll use only 3-4 to tap dry.
If you choose to use a bidet towel or install a bidet with a dryer, you can even completely eliminate the need for toilet paper which will not only save you money, it’ll also help to save the environment.
Are Bidets Sanitary for Females?
Both the bidet and the water coming out of it are safe and sanitary for females.
Bidet water comes from your regular water supply – the same water that comes out of the faucet when you brush your teeth or use the shower.
And water is the best cleanser during your period, as it won’t cause irritation like many toilet papers (especially the scented variety) might.
How Should Women Use a Bidet?
Bidets are simple to use. Just sit down, turn on the water sprayer, and let the bidet do its thing. The tricky part here is the water pressure.
A vagina is an internal organ that connects to the external genital organs, which means you don’t need water to penetrate it. It cleans itself from the inside. So, be sure not to use high-pressure water when using a bidet.
A bidet that has a front nozzle and adjustable water pressure like the Bio Bidet USPA 6800U is what you’re looking for.
Set the water on low pressure, and use it just like the tissue paper, front to back.
The Different Types of Bidets Available
Now that you know that you can use a bidet on your period and why you may want to invest in one, let’s take a look at the different types of bidets available on the market.
This type of bidet is probably the most common in the United States thanks to its compact design and easy setup.
It’s basically a small sprayer head that attaches to your existing toilet seat.
Bidet attachments are typically paired with a control unit with buttons or some sort of dials that let you adjust the spray pressure or choose the spray mode.
It’s inexpensive, and consequently, it lacks lots of the functions a full bidet seat has. You won’t find an add-on with a warm air dryer, warm seat function, or remote control.
Recommendation – Clear Rear Buttler Toilet Seat Attachment
This is the ultimate bidet. It’s a toilet with a built-in nozzle, making it a toilet and a bidet in one unit.
These units have an adjustable water temperature and pressure. Some of these bidets are a true definition of luxury.
Some built-in bidets are equipped with convenient features such as a remote control, automatic flushing, and even a heated seat.
There are many other functions that can be added to different models. The more functions you get, the higher prices go.
Recommendation – Brondell Swash SE600
If it feels uncomfortable and unclean if you don’t use a bidet when you’re out and about, then it’s worth getting a portable bidet. At its most basic, a portable bidet is simply a squeezable bottle with a long attached nozzle.
This is a great investment if you’re on your period and have to go out for a long time.
You’ll eventually need to use the toilet, and with a portable bidet, you’ll get midday refreshment as conveniently as possible. For extra comfort, you can fill it with warm water if available.
Recommendation – Mighty Rock Meidong Portable Bidet
As the name suggests, this type is basically a sprayer that’s held by hand.
It consists of three main parts: the valve to connect it to the water source, a hose, and a sprayer.
It occupies one of your hands and alternatively it gives you the flexibility to aim.
Some handheld bidets have water pressure control systems, but that’s about it for the functions of this type of bidet.
If you use a menstrual cup on your period, the bidet sprayer cleans your cup efficiently without having to use your hands.
It’s also possible to use a handheld bidet with adjustable water temperature control. All you need to do is connect the valve to your warm water supply.
This type of bidet is also considered a travel bidet, as it’s light and easy to install. If you’re handy with your tools, you can detach the valve and attach it anywhere you want.
Recommendation – Lufeidra Handheld Bidet Sprayer
Also known as the ceramic bidet. it’s a unit that is similar to the toilet but without the seat, cover, or reservoir.
These bidets are commonly seen in Europe and are fixed in the bathroom next to the toilet. It has a nozzle or a tap and a stopper.
This bidet can’t be used for pooping, obviously, since it has a stopper and no flushing system. That makes this standalone bidet strictly for washing up. But it’s perfectly fine to use it to wash up during your period.
Can you use a bidet on your period? Absolutely!
Bidets are excellent gadgets for your hygiene. Whether you’re looking for a portable bidet or a fixed one, there’s a broad variety of options on the market to fit all budgets and preferences.