In India, access to safe, clean places to pee remains a huge problem especially for women and girls that go beyond sanitation.The lack of access to public restrooms in India is also a major female personal hygiene issue.Women and girls in rural areas and urban slums have no access to clean toilets which is a big cause of dropping out of school, or not going to school at all.
While women living in urban cities have toilets at home or have a facility of shared toilets, but as soon as they leave the security of their house, there are not many places where they can find public toilets. And even if they do they are filthy, extremely smelly, not very hygienic, for example, toilets in school, colleges, shops, and small restaurants. Personal female hygiene is compromised a lot. In case of no access to toilets, women have to hold their urine for long periods of time putting them at a higher risk of bladder and kidney infections. Women also avoid consuming liquids to prevent having to use the bathroom.
Men, however, seem to feel no such constraints. In India, men pee everywhere, including men living in urban areas.Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi promised to take on the crises of lack of access to clean and safe bathrooms when he was elected two years ago. Since then, more than 1 million toilets have been planned or built.
But public urinals are generally free for men to use, but women are often charged a nominal fee, ranging from one to five rupees, for use of public toilets. The reason being that women’s toilets require more water and resources; men’s urinals are connected to a wall leading to a drain, whereas women need a squat toilet, doors for privacy, and access to water. As a result, women have to pay to Pee and Men go free.
Can shared toilets at public place cause an infection?
- There can be plenty of bacteria lying in wait in public restrooms, including both familiar and unfamiliar suspects like E.coli (one of the most common bacteria that causes UTI), Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Shigella bacteria to name a few.
- Any disease causing organisms survives for only a short time on the surface of the seat, and for an infection to occur.
- Germs in feces can be propelled into the air when the toilet is flushed.
The germs transfer from the toilet seat to your urethral or genital tract causing infections like UTI. Women and girls are most likely to get this kind of infection. UTI symptoms typically include a frequent and intense urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the bladder or urethra during urination, though the amount of urine may be very small.
Spreading toilet paper all over the seat is not the solution, using proper women’s hygiene products is the need of the hour. The only way to disinfect the toilet seat is to use toilet seat sanitizers. PeeSafe has some ideal products to sanitize the toilet seats that can kill more than 99% germs. Toilet seat sanitizer (a portable female hygiene product) from PeeSafe can be sprayed all around the toilet seat to prevent getting UTI infections or any kind of infections.
When it comes to female personal hygiene, PeeSafe is the only solution.