The Squatty Potty may be used for pooping, but it can increase your sex life too!
TO SQUAT OR NOT TO SQUAT: THAT IS THE QUESTION …
On average, most people visit a bathroom 6-7 times in a 24 hour period. Whether it’s to hide away for a quick break from a desk, or a struggle to pass a bowel movement in a timely manner, one thing is for sure, a majority of adults have incorrect potty posture… or shall we say, shitty posture.
What is potty posture?
Potty posture restricts your ability to pass a complete bowel movement. This posture also leads to other complications regarding pelvic floor issues that affects your sexual functioning.
Meet the Squatty Potty, a toilet accessory originally seen on the popular TV show Shark Tank, designed to help relax the puborectalis muscle for a fast and easy elimination. Relaxing these muscles has actually been proven to help your body make doodies effortlessly, and provide other benefits that can actually affect your sex life.
It may be hard to think about poop and sex at the same time, (although there are people who enjoy fecal matter as an addition to sex, known as coprophiliacs).
The advertisement for the Squatty Potty talks about how the device helps your pooping posture, but does not touch enough on the benefits it provides for improvement of pelvic floor issues.
The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles that act like a cradle to the pelvic organs including your bladder and rectum – and in women, the uterus and vagina as well. Pelvic floor dysfunction can occur in both men and women, which is when the muscles and nerves lining the pelvic floor become damaged or weakened, leading to symptoms such as constipation, as well as urinary and fecal incontinence, urinary frequency, and difficulty emptying the bladder or bowel.
Pelvic floor dysfunction also causes sexual discomfort and dysfunctions such as:
Pain during or after intercourse
Painful sexual stimulation
The two most common types of pelvic floor dysfunction that affects the muscles are hypertonic and hypotonic tension. There can also be combinations of muscles that are too tense and too relaxed, which can cause similar symptoms to hyper/hypo tonic pelvic floor muscles at the same time.
Hypertonic muscles are when the muscles have too much tension, which often causes pelvic pain, urgency and frequency of the bladder and bowels. Hypertonic tension of the pelvic floor may make it difficult to have sex because the muscles can become so tight, that it makes it difficult for the vagina to be penetrated. A hypertonic pelvic floor can also create difficulty achieving orgasms by prohibiting the muscles from being able to contract (fun fact: when your body jerks during an orgasm, that’s due to muscle contractions, but if the muscles are already contracted due to hypertonic pelvic floor dysfunction, you may not feel as intense of an orgasm).
Hypotonic muscles are when the muscles are low-tone and weaker, which can contribute to stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. This is when the organs collapse from the location in the body where they should be. Hypotonic tension of the pelvic floor makes it difficult to achieve an orgasm because the muscles are so lose that penetration may not feel very present.
Although the Squatty Potty is not sold as a health solution for pelvic floor dysfunction, the positioning of your body when you squat with help from the Squatty Potty, as opposed to sitting on the toilet without one, can help you relax the muscles of your pelvic floor allowing for an easier pain-free excretion and relief in your pelvic floor.
If you’re wondering if your pelvic floor is hypertonic or hypotonic, you can always go for a pelvic floor physical therapy assessment at a physical therapy center near you.
The Squatty Potty may have been made to relieve bowel discomfort, but who knew it was a sex device that is capable of relieving painful intercourse, sexual dysfunction, and allow for successful results from hole to hole.