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Should You Use a Toilet Seat Cover?

When you use a public restroom, do you use the toilet seat covers that are oftentimes provided within the stall? Some people would never use a public toilet without one, while others will sit down without hesitation. The real questions is: "Do you really need to use a toilet seat cover?"


Reasons Why You Should

  • Helps Your Bladder – For those women who choose to hover over the toilet to escape having to sit down altogether, you're actually restricting your bladder. Studies have shown that standing while urinating can lead to a 21 percent decrease in urine flow. This can result in failing to fully empty the bladder, as well as increased misses and dirtier toilet seats.
  • Reduces Risk – While this scenario is extremely rare, there was an instance of a child becoming infected with Neisseria Gonorrhoeae from an airplane toilet seat. This was a result from the child wiping the seat down with toilet paper, exposing her hands to the STI. Using a toilet seat cover might not have prevented this disease from spreading, but it could have decreased the chances of this happening.

The Reason Why It Might Not Matter

  • Requires a Perfect Storm – The chances of catching a disease via a toilet seat is next to impossible, but within the realm of possibility. It would require the perfect set of circumstances - sitting on the exact location of where the virus was deposited, immediately after, and it also being a super virus. Not something that should keep you up at night…

Should you place a toilet seat cover on that public toilet - or just risk it and sit down? When it comes to your home's toilet, if you need repair or a clog cleared, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.