(This review is about how to poop better… consider yourself forewarned!)
Feces, guano, manure, you know what I’m talking about: Poop! We are all experts in our own way, as we all have done it every day of our whole lives. Here in the west we use a toilet, sitting on it much as we would on any straight backed chair. Our friends to the East like to squat. The Squatty Potty foot stool offers us in the West, the best ideas of the East. This little footstool gives your legs the lift you need to squat on your western style toilet. According to the Squatty Potty manufacturers, squatting is the natural and proper way to go, and offers many health benefits (detailed below). But does it work? Does the Squatty Potty really improve your bathroom experience and overall health?
- Better for you: The Squatty Potty people claim that squatting can help you avoid constipation, end hemorrhoids, prevent colon disease, help with pelvic floor issues, and aid in more effective elimination.
- Saves Time: faster, easier bathroom trips, give you time to do more interesting things (this is good, unless you’re a busy mama and your bathroom time is your only alone time…)
- Convenient: Easy to use, and with a nifty design that lets you store it under the toilet, but out of the way.
- Takes a little getting used to time.
I first ran into “real” squatty potties on a high school trip to Japan. We giggled amongst ourselves about the porcelain pits the Asians called toilets, and begged for a “Western Style” toilet any time we had to go. I found the Asian style toilets difficult to use because like most western raised kids, I had lost the ability to do a flat foot squat for any amount of time.
Fast forward 15 years, and one of my favorite blogs, the Healthy Home Economist, gave a comprehensive review of the new Squatty Potty foot stool, with a great explanation of “Why Squatting Gets the Job Done Better”. I was on board with the idea that squatting is the “natural” way to do your business, and thought it was definitely worth a try. I requested and received The Squatty Potty Ecco for my birthday (along with one big eye roll from my husband…).
Right before ordering the pooping stool (hee hee!) my pregnant body had gone on a pooping strike. For like two weeks. Pretty much nothing. It’s just one of those things that can happen when you are growing a new person, it seems. Needless to say, things were a bit… um… difficult when my system started working properly again. The squatty potty foot stool arrived just in time to help….
As I started using the squatty potty foot stool, the biggest thing I noticed is that my work in the bathroom became so easy. Not that it was ever really hard before (most days)… I’m pretty good at pooping, if I do say so myself. But when squatting, it seems that almost no effort is required. Just squat, relax, and the rest happens naturally. So totally naturally that I found myself leaving the bathroom with this strange smug feeling of satisfaction.
The other thing I noticed (big TMI warning) is that my little hemorrhoid buddy has disappeared. It first showed up four years ago after I pushed out a 9 lb bundle of joy. Then reappeared every time I used the bathroom. My midwife informed me that this was just part of life and pregnancy, and to just “tuck it back in” after going. Gross, right? Well, since I began using the squatty potty foot stool, my little buddy has permanently retreated — haven’t seen it since. Yay!
My husband tried it out a couple times and told me he doesn’t like it. Mostly because “everything was up too high” (he’s very tall) and he just couldn’t relax. My thought is that if he kept trying, and learned to relax he would like it too. But there are just some things that you have to not push, and allow to stay private in a marriage… He did note that it makes a nice place to rest his magazine while going, so all is not lost!
The only downside I’ve noticed while using the Squatty Potty is the feeling of tremendous pressure on my pelvic floor. Mostly because I’m nine months pregnant. I can feel the babe resting quite heavily on my cervix. Knowing that squatting is a very natural birthing position, I have this fear of doing anything even close to pushing before it’s time. Then again, perhaps the Squatty Potty stool will be very handy when the real time does come!
Overall, I really like the Squatty Potty footstool, and I definitely recommend it. My body feels like it’s in a more comfortable, natural position, things happen easier, and my minor hemorrhoid has disappeared. As to whether my colon is healthier is hard to say, but I’ve been feeling good in the bathroom with no more poop strikes to speak of.
If you’re interested in trying it out, there are several different models on Amazon – some with free shipping for Amazon Prime members (affiliate links below)
Have you ever tried the Squatty Potty, or just plain old squatting in the bathroom? Are you brave enough to share your experience?
PS – You know I’m not a doctor, right? This information is based on my experience only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Your experience may vary. Please remember to speak with your healthcare professional about any medical concerns you have, and follow their recommended course of treatment. You can read additional fine print details here.
I was not asked to review this product by the manufacturer, or compensated for this review in any way. This is a personal recommendation for a product that I tried of my own volition.