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Bidet Information/Benefits

The earliest known written reference to the bidet is dated 1710. The bidet originated in France, at a time when full body bathing was done once a week. It was invented to cleanse the 'private' areas of the body, in-between regularly scheduled baths.  In 1750, the bidet a seringue appeared. It provided an upward spray through the use of a hand-pump fed by a reservoir.

Until the 1900's the bidet was confined to the bedroom, along with the chamber pot (a bucket that served as a toilet.)

Modern plumbing brought the bidet into the bathroom. Where it sits next to the toilet.

Popularity of the Bidet

In continental Europe, the usefulness of the bidet is fully understood and is considered to be as important in the bathroom as the toilet and the tub - no well equipped home is without one.

However, most Americans have never seen a bidet. Those who have, generally observed them in upscale hotels, either in the U.S. or in Europe. Rare is the American home that actually has one!

To some, this seems a bit strange, considering the American preoccupation with cleanliness. But the majority of Americans start their day in the shower, rather than visit the bathtub once a week. Thus the use of the bidet for personal hygiene has not yet taken on an important role in America.

It is interesting to note, that American plumbing manufacturers are among the top producers of bidets, and almost all of these are exported to other countries.

Who uses them and why?

The bidet can and is be used by both men and women. Bidets offer the user a hands-free and supposedly superior water wash in place of the wiping and occasionally irritating action of toilet paper.

An invaluable aid to person hygiene, the bidet is gaining popularity among senior citizens, the disabled and those with impaired motor functions. or incontinence.

Bidets are also used for sitz baths. A sitz bath (also called a hip bath) is a type of bath in which only the hips and buttocks are soaked in water or saline solution. Its name comes from the German verb sitzen, meaning to sit

A sitz bath is used for patients who have had surgery in the area of the rectum, or to ease the pain of hemorrhoids, uterine cramps, prostate infections, painful ovaries, and/or testicles. It is also used to ease discomfort from infections of the bladder, prostate, or vagina. Inflammatory bowel diseases are also treated with sitz baths.

In America, the bidet has developed an aura of indelicacy, largely due to its primary use - to clean the private body parts. But the bidet can be used for anything a wash basin is used for. From foot baths, to hand washing clothes, to soaking tennis shoes!

The Modern Bidet
Today's bidet is a sit-down wash basin. Usually made from vitreous china, it is styled to resemble the shape of the toilet. The bidet is placed next to the toilet in the bathroom, an arrangement meant to encourage personal hygiene.


Diapers, Bed pans and urinary pouches
Istinja Hand held, offers the convenience of rinsing bedpans, ostomy bags, urinary pouches and cloth diapers right over the toilet.

Go Green by helping the Environment
Go Green for Baby Care with Cloth Diaper Sprayer- The Istinja Hand held is Great for rinsing off soiled cloth diapers in the toilet instead of dunking and soaking. The hand-held jet spray is perfect for rinsing even the most heavily stuck-on soiled diapers. For rinsing cloth diapers by Moms going green for baby care. Cleansing with fresh running water is the most soothing and gentle way to remove germs and bacteria from your or your babies’ sensitive skin areas instead of using rough and abrasive tissue paper. Cleansing with fresh running water also reduces toilet paper use by upto 80%, which is an easy way to Go Green and save money.

Learn how the BIDET can be beneficial to you...
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Sexual Intercourse
  • Pregnancy and postpartum hygiene
  • Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (Cystitis and Urethritis)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Elderly and Physically Challenged
  • Diarrhea and Dysentery
  • Constipation

Vaginal Discharge:

Some mucous secretion from the walls of the vagina and neck of the cervix is normal in women of reproductive years. This varies considerably amongst women and at different times during the menstrual cycle. Birth control pills can increase or decrease the discharge and secretions and are particularly greater during pregnancy. Sexual stimulation, with or without intercourse, also produces increased vaginal discharge.

Discharge may be abnormal if it is excessive, offensive smelling, yellow or green in color or if it causes itching. Abnormal vaginal discharge often occurs in Vaginitis. Infection with the Fungus: Candida Albicans causes a thick white discharge.
All of these secretions and discharges can be offensive. Constant use of the bidet, while not being curative of these various afflictions will, dramatically reduce discomfort and most importantly diminish risk of offensive odors to those around the afflicted woman, especially in warmer weather.

Feminine Hygiene:

In the opinion of most physicians, such products as feminine hygiene deodorants and moist cloth towelettes may be potentially harmful. They may irritate the delicate tissues of the urinary meatus and vaginal opening and thus invite infection.

Sexual Intercourse:
Proper habits of personal hygiene may play an important role in preventing infections. For obvious reasons it is recommended that the Bidet be used both before and after intercourse. The Bidet is an invaluable aid in personal hygiene. It is far more effective than any other method of cleansing yourself.

Pregnancy and postpartum hygiene:

As soon as the woman is pregnant, her systems and bodily functions start changing, more so the need for the bidet's intimate cleansing and therapeutic benefits to keep her fresh, clean and odor-free. Giving birth is a painful process, be it the first born or the last new arrival to the family. Especially when there's an Episiotomy involved. The Mother being very uncomfortable during the painful healing process. Risk of infection anally or vaginally , odor free hygiene at any time of day or night, as well as being there available to soothe her various perineal afflictions during post partum recovery period.

Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (Cystitis and Urethritis):

Physicians believe in women these problems are largely due to the closeness of the Urinary Meatus (the opening though which urine leaves the vagina) to the anus, where there are fecal bacteria capable of causing infection. Feces are believed to be the main source of bacteria responsible for urinary track infections in women. The bidet provides fresh water wash on a non irritating, thorough cleansing and additional therapeutic benefits for the rectum, perineum, fabina and urethra Avoiding contamination of the urethra is recommended as a preventative measure when dealing with Cystitis and Urethritis. The bidet provides a non irritating fresh water wash and cleansing not achievable through use of dry paper. Irritated skin is soothed and comforted until medication eliminates the yeast infection. Regular use of the bidet immediately upon elimination and urination, of both anus and vagina, should totally eliminate this potential cause for urinary tract infections.


As the infant grows to and through the toddler stages, graduating from being diapered to being placed on the toilet to begin the potty-training period is when and where the value and benefits of the bidet as a Training System. With addition of a potty-ring or potty-seat placed on the toilet seat, the toilet can be instantly converted into Potty Training & Hygiene System.

Hemorrhoids are veins under the rectum or around the anus that are dilated or swollen. They are caused by repeated pressure in the rectal area or anal veins. This pressure usually results repeated straining to pass bowel movements. Rarely they result from benign or malignant tumors of the abdomen or rectum.

It's thought that 75% of Americans will have them at some time in their lives. The risk for getting hemorrhoids increases with: Constipation, low dietary fiber intake, pregnancy and delivery I obesity, diarrhea, overexertion and certain occupations that require continual standing or sitting.

Maintaining good hygiene is the most important part of relieving the bleeding, pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids. Used regularly, the Bidet, with the flow of water to cleanse thoroughly, can even eliminate the use of messy creams and suppositories which are unpleasant to use and are often ineffective.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: Rectal bleeding, rectal tenderness and/or itching, uncomfortable, painful bowel movements, especially with straining, a lump that can be felt in the anus, a mucous discharge after a bowel movement.

A Bidet System affords owners and steady users the benefits of a direct and steady diffused spray of cool or warm soothing water to the afflicted Hemorrhoid area. The benefit being shrink the membrane and aggravated surrounding tissue, reducing swelling, irritation and bleeding.

Maintaining good hygiene is the most important part of relieving the bleeding, pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids. Used regularly, the Bidet, with the flow of water to cleanse thoroughly, can even eliminate the use of messy creams and suppositories which are unpleasant to use and are often ineffective Doctors even recommend this type of cleansing over the use of moist pads. The ingredients in the moist pads can sometimes produce an allergic reaction which adds to the irritation and discomfort of hemorrhoids. Some physicians believe that scents and inks in decorative toilet papers may cause irritation.

Elderly and Physically...

Personal hygiene does not stop with menopause, it goes on for life. Unfortunately for some getting older brings with it excess baggage as a measure of aches, pains and in sundry ailments.
Maintaining personal cleanliness is extremely difficult for many arthritic and handicapped people, continuous daily use of the bidet brings benefits that make life measurably more comfortable and pleasant and in some instances eliminating difficult or painful disrobing for bathing.


The upward stream of water, provided by the bidet, directly into the rectum in a steady stream serves to relax the internal and external sphincter muscles controlling the anus, thus permitting contraction of the muscular walls of the rectum, causing feces to be more easily passed without straining. The bidet's cleansing nozzle stimulates a bowel movement by relaxing the sphincters and lubricating the anus. A 8-10 second application of direct warm water flow is recommended prior to attempting to defecate.
Increasing the water pressure with the pressure control valve allows the water to penetrate much in the same way as an enema and brings about a gentle, comfortable, more natural elimination. Daily use of the Bidet for this purpose gradually teaches the user how to relax thus relieving constipation through a natural habit. A definite aid.

Diarrhea and Dysentery:

Both debilitating ailments have things in common, several being: Constant trips to the toilet and subsequent need to wipe the anus causes painful friction of the rectum, which is especially painful for young children. Body fluids excreted when suffering from diarrhea or dysentery irritate, the rectum due to their acidic toxic discharge. Again, wiping the anus exacerbates the problem causing much pain and discomfort.
When suffering from either ailment, the bidet smoothing and cleansing actions utilizing its cool water flow is literally a "godsend" to those afflicted souls. The bidet cleansing nozzles prevent irritation as well as flushing away bodily fluids discharged as a result of these ailments. Pat drying with soft. towel eliminates the resultant wetness causing no irritation, no matter how many trips to the toilet.