WARNING: The following is *full* of *way* TO MUCH INFORMATION!
So my hubby would say that this is a cr@ppy topic. Honestly, getting my men to discuss it at all was near impossible. I may never know the truth about whether or not they use this product or what they think about it.
But this is an *awesome* product that does *exactly* what it says! Let’s start with the basics.
What is the Squatty Potty?
The Squatty Potty looks like a funny shaped stool. It is funny shaped so it fits directly under the bowl part of your toilet. If you need to go potty without using it (or if your family member or neighbor wants to go without using it), they easily can as the Squatty Potty isn’t hindering anyone’s access to the toilet itself. The top of it has a slight slope away from the toilet. This is for your comfort when you are resting your feet on it. You do not stand upon the Squatty Potty; instead, you sit on your throne with your feet stabilized on the SP (for short).
Why on earth would you use that thing?
The answer to this is simply. It works. 🙂 Okay, what do I mean. The purpose of the Squatty Potty is to put your body in the proper position for elimination. The basics, as I understand it, are 1) you have a muscle that helps you keep your excrement to yourself until you need to and decide to eliminate and 2) that muscle relaxes most fully when you are in a squatting position (ie, you are not relaxing it fully when you just sit upon your throne). By being in the best position, you can prevent and cure such things as straining during elimination, pelvic floor issues, constipation, and hemorrhoids.
Why did *I* choose this product?
I am *not* being paid for this review. In fact, they don’t even know I’m making the review (though I’ll probably tell them at some point). I found this product when looking for websites about pelvic floor prolapse and other such issues. I watched the video and read the website and was convinced to give it a try. Really, a natural remedy when I was considering surgery?
First and foremost, let me tell you that it works just like it says it does. My issues have resolved for the most part (not 100% yet; but it has been a month and they are so much better it isn’t funny). How do I know they’ve resolved? First, I “go” more easily. Second, I’m more comfortable ALL of the time, but also when “going.” Third, when I exercise, especially doing sit ups, I don’t feel like I’m “going.” Seriously, good stuff. “Going” also takes moments for a complete elimination rather than multiple trips.
I strongly recommend this product.
What we got:
We got a special package that included three Squatty Potties. I got a 9 inch and two 7 inch. I also got a couple brochures left in the bathroom for inquiring visitors. The SPs were wrapped in a plastic bag and shipped in a brown packing box. Nothing special 🙂
How We Use:
I put a 7 inch SP in the master bathroom as I figured we weren’t advanced users. Though the potty in the kids’ bathroom is smaller, I ended up putting the 9 inch in there because of how things looked when I tried each of my children out on it. My 20 year old prefers that bathroom. I found it comfortable also. On top of using it for the obvious reason, my almost 3yo stands on it as a regular stool to go pee pee (he is at the beginning of potty training – we have not yet done The Potty Party as he is new to our home).
So I’ve already sung the praises of the Squatty Potty. I really believe it does exactly what it says. My children and I love using it. Storing it is easy. I just got the white ones, but you can get wooden ones if you please.
Con? Well, the biggest complaint I have is that I just don’t need to play online in the bathroom. That really stinks because I need breaks (having eight children and all 🙂 ). One real issue I found was that I have had a few times my legs have fallen asleep. I assume that this is because I am still obese so staying on it too long (usually because of playing online, not because of eliminating) puts me in that position to have my legs fall asleep. No doubt continuing to lose weight and stopping my online playing would fix the problem. My daughter and the little children have not reported any cons at all.
I wholeheartedly endorse the Squatty Potty. Since we only have two bathrooms, I have to decide what to do with the third. I thought about giving it away. I thought about waiting til I find a needy person. I selfishly have considered keeping it because my next house may have three thrones!
For more information, please see the Squatty Potty website at http://www.squattypotty.com. Here is the video from their website: