Bathroom hygiene isn’t necessarily intuitive and we don’t always talk openly about what we do on the toilet. So, a lot of people use toilet paper in the way that makes the most sense to them through trial and error. If you didn’t know, there is a recommended way to use toilet paper if you have a vagina—specifically, after a good poop, you gotta wipe front to back.
This is something some people think is obvious and other people are baffled by, but the reason is that you are less likely to spread bacteria to your vagina if you go front to back, preventing UTIs and other infections. On TikTok, this bit of wisdom is causing quite a debate, as TikToker @squiddey posted a video she has since set to private.
Sshe wrote, “I know we’re supposed to wipe front to back, but how the f-ck do you do it? That’s just what I wanna know, because I’ve always done it like that (gestures wiping back to front). Do you stand the f-ck up and just reach? Like, I am not that flexible…HOW?! I need an explanation!”
She was backed up by another TikToker, @thatspicylemon, who tried to demonstrate how it’s impossible to give yourself the reach around and properly manage poop. She claims she uses her taint as the natural barrier to her vagina and manages to keep everything clean.
“Honestly I have no f-cking idea how we’re supposed to wipe front to back when our anatomy is literally not constructed to do so,” she said in her TikTok. “Like, how the f-ck am I supposed to get up from the toilet and then reach around like this — I look like a crazy person. NO — obviously I wipe from the back to the front. Like, you have to know where your taint is. You have to know where your f-cking taint is. If you’ve been going to the bathroom as long as I have, you know where your f-cking taint is and you know where the ‘no-no’ place is. Like, you’re not going to wipe from your asshole all the way to your coochie.”
But then expert Dr. Heather Jeffcoat weighed in with some advice, explaining that you wipe front to back, but come in towards your vagina from the front…instead of the back. She also demonstrated, so people can see what’s going on behind closed doors:
It seems like a quite a few people had already figured all of this out, actually:
Damn, we really gotta rethink health class.