Stop Bringing Your Phone to the Bathroom. It's Terrible for Your Butt.

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Photo credit: Vicheslav - Getty Images
Photo credit: Vicheslav - Getty Images

Bringing your phone into the bathroom is a pretty common occurrence. I mean, who wants to be stuck reading the back of an air freshener can when you could scroll endlessly through Instagram and TikTok? Turns out your toilet phone habit is really doing damage to your butt.

According to Anthony Youn, M.D., a Detroit-based plastic surgeon and popular medical TikToker, sitting on the toilet for than 15 minutes (presumably on your phone) is a recipe for hemorrhoids.

"Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time, especially when you're straining, can cause blood to pool around your rectum and your anus," Dr. Youn says in a video. "This can result in large blood vessels that are finger-like, called hemorrhoids."

It gets worse—they can peek out of your butthole, adds Dr. Youn. And yes, some people us their finger to poke it back in, like pushing a turtle's head back into its shell.

Previously reported by Men's Health, sitting on the toilet for long periods of time strains, irritates, and inflames those connective tissues that can later become hemorrhoids, says Anish Sheth, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the University Medical Center of Princeton in New Jersey.

The easiest way to keep pesky hemorrhoids from popping up is to trim your bathroom time, even if that means keeping your phone outside of the lavatory. It's a breeding ground for germs to splash your screen, anyway.

Keep bathroom time an express experience. Your butt will thank you.

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