Subscriber Account active since. Evan Goldstein , a rectal surgeon in New York City, said that the most common butt-related injuries he sees are anal fissures, or tears , caused by improper wiping. He explained that the skin on the anus is quite thin and delicate, especially for women, so any harsh actions could lead to tears and, in turn, pain and bleeding. Anyone can get anal fissures, but Goldstein said it's often college-aged kids who are most susceptible to the tears. Those dietary habits can lead to constipation, a condition that can wreak havoc on your behind because when you try to force out poop it puts extra pressure on the anus and can lead to a tear. To make matters worse, students might wipe too hard or too many times in an attempt to feel clean, injuring the delicate skin and tearing it even more, Goldstein explained.
You might be doing it wrong—and that can lead to health issues really. Do you know how to wipe your butt? It's a surprising question, we know, but doing it the wrong way has health implications. Failure to wipe correctly could leave you vulnerable to a urinary tract infection or aggravate any existing rectal issues, like hemorrhoids or anal fissures.