As a child, your mom probably taught you three different ways to pee in a public restroom: balancing yourself over the toilet bowl, squatting over it, or lining it with toilet paper. Basically, your entire childhood was #legday. But are you really protected?
According to SELF, the top of the toilet seat is actually MUCH CLEANER than a kitchen sink. Isn't that the most traumatic thing you've ever heard?! Also, it is highly unlikely that you'll catch an STD from a toilet seat. Herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, for example, "can’t survive outside the body for more than 10 seconds."
If you're still in a state of denial, we'd also like to let you know that flushing the toilet sprays bacteria from the bowl so anything in that tiny cubicle is covered in germs anyway. On one hand, yes, there's fecal bacteria on the same tissue you've been using to wipe yourself with. On the other hand, you've been using "dirty" toilet paper this entire time and you're still alive!
As long as you keep remembering to wash your hands, you'll be fine. So relax, take a seat, and pee in peace.
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