Are bidets actually more hygienic than toilet paper alone?
Dr. R. Mark Ellerkmann, director of urogynecology at the Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine, says, "[Bidets] might get genitalia, especially the anus, cleaner than using toilet paper alone… certainly any fecal contamination can lead to vaginal bacterial infections and urinary tract infections."
It seems logical that a good, thorough scrub-down at a bidet decreases the amount of poop left clinging to a butt, and potentially the number of infections as well. Surprisingly, there's not a ton of research around bidets and infectious diseases, other than a small (but positive!) nursing-home study, which shows bidet use "improved resident comfort."
Let's talk more about this "comfort"
Once you go bidet, you don't go back. Drew says he feels "super annoyed" when he has to poop in a bidet-free bathroom. "If I travel or anything, I'll bring wipes, but now even that feels like a step backward," Drew says. "People still think it's weird, but I'm like, 'Come poop at my apartment, you'll see.' I've installed three more for friends, so now I have options."