Monday, November 14, 2016

Coming Clean on Personal Hygiene: The Luxe Bidet – Chronic Illness Blogger

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. "

Little did I know when I wrote the blog on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Coming Clean on A Dirty Little Secret, that I would be writing a blog from a different perspective, one of “coming clean” on personal hygiene.  

Personal hygiene means a great deal to those of us with irritable bladder, irritable bowel or other chronic illness disorders, such as immune deficiency or inflammatory bowel disease. Those of us with bowel problems, particularly those causing bowel hypermobility or other disorders, such as vulvodynia or interstitial cystitis know how important rituals of cleanliness are to our health. Accelerated bowel movement also interferes with nutrient absorption, again putting us at risk for infection.

For me, an irritable bowel attack leaves my bottom side raw and sore, breaking down my first line of defense, skin. The attack itself is very painful and the consequences are uncomfortable to say the least. Having interstitial cystitis and having IBS increases the risk of bacterial going where it should not causing frequent urinary tract infections. Personal hygiene is a priority to minimizing a great deal of collateral damage and pain from IBS.

Why is a bidet a good choice?

The Luxe Bidet (Neo 185) negates excessive wiping of watery stools that have high concentrations of digestive chemicals from the small bowel. Every boxcar of this runaway train is packed with juices that when moved into other portions of the bowel cause cramping, contracting, and spastic bowel function during an irritable bowel or inflammatory bowel attack. They are rapidly delivered to areas they should not be. While these important digestive chemicals are integral to digestion in their own portion of the digestive track, they can wreak havoc when they are rapidly moved from the small bowel into the large bowel during a painful episode. The damage doesn't end with the attack, these chemicals also irritate and breakdown sensitive tissue around the rectum and other surrounding structures. We know that stinging pain and we know this opens us up to skin infection from bacteria and candida.

Having the Luxe Bidet Neo 185 not only makes things more comfortable and clean, it gives me peace of mind when everything else is out of control.

How does the bidet work?

The Luxe Bidet Neo 185 is a dual nozzle, fresh water, non-electric mechanical bidet attachment for the commode with one-touch pressure control. It has a guard gate,  a regular nozzle and feminine wash nozzle for rear wash and a more gentle frontal wash. The nozzles drop down and retract when it’s not being used. And, it cleans itself!

The stream of water is adjustable. I feel clean without having to take a shower. I don’t have to worry about getting a yeast infection from using too many wipes, and I no longer have to worry about lurking contaminants staying behind to wreak havoc later. And it’s affordable.  


Adding the bidet to your commode doesn’t require plumbing skills. It comes with everything you need for a do-it-yourself installation. The only extra things you need is a screwdriver and a wrench. And, there are installation Instructions you can download.  Generally, it should only take about 20 minutes. It took my husband a bit longer, but we are older and it took a bit to get the connection loose at the water supply.

You can learn more about the Neo 185 at

In healing,,Celeste

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  

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Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Freelance Writer at Health Central & ProHealth Advocate

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