Expert Explains Why You Should Never Wipe More Than 3 Times After Pooping

An expert is warning people not to wipe more than three times after pooping.
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Attention to all those who find themselves wiping more than three times after using the restroom, there’s an important message for you.

An expert is here to explain why exceeding three wipes is not recommended and she’s offering helpful advice for those who struggle with this issue.

In a TikTok video uploaded by BIEN Australia, a knowledgeable pelvic floor physiotherapist sheds light on the optimal number of wipes during bathroom visits.

And the 57-second clip aims to provide a solution to reduce excessive wiping.

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The expert begins by addressing the common concern and offers reassurance, saying: “When you are wiping more than two or three times, that is called faecal smearing.

“Essentially, it occurs when too much faecal matter remains at the a*** entrance even after you have finished your bowel movement.”

To combat this issue, the physiotherapist introduces a technique that can potentially decrease the number of wipes required.

She suggests a progressive squeezing of the pelvic floor muscles in a waterfall pattern.

By gradually increasing the squeeze from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, 80 per cent, and finally 100 per cent, individuals can perform four controlled squeezes at the end of their bowel movement.

This technique aims to close off the anal sphincter, reducing the occurrence of leftover stool remnants on the a*** entrance, which can often be attributed to weakness in the external sphincter.

Expert explains why you shouldn't wipe more than three times after pooping
The expert has explained why you shouldn’t wipe more than three times after pooping. Credit: @bien.aus/TikTok

The clip also mentions that factors like haemorrhoids or scar tissue around the a*** may contribute to the need for excessive wiping.

In such cases where the suggested technique does not prove effective, she advises seeking professional medical advice for further evaluation.

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Commenters on TikTok have responded to the video with a mix of humour and nostalgia.

Some joke about the challenges they face during wiping, with one person humorously mentioning their hairy situation.

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It’s important to consider the advice provided by the pelvic floor expert to minimise excessive wiping after using the toilet.

By following her technique and addressing any underlying issues with the help of medical professionals, individuals can aim for a cleaner and more efficient bathroom experience.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.