Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

She's Very Intent on Sterilizing Public Toilet Seats

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

She's Very Intent on Sterilizing Public Toilet Seats

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Q: I hate using public restrooms, but sometimes it can't be avoided. It's not so bad if the stall has a dispenser for paper seat covers. Often that's missing, especially in movie theaters, fast food restaurants or gas stations.

Is there a fast-acting disinfectant I could carry with me to sterilize the toilet seat before sitting down? I've had back trouble and it's becoming more difficult for me to use the toilet without sitting.

A: We too have seen some grungy restrooms and understand your distress. Although we searched the medical literature and consulted dermatologists, we could find no cases of disease transmitted by a toilet seat. Despite this, researchers have found that bacteria can contaminate the seat, doorknob, tap and flush handles.

Crouching isn't a good solution. British gynecologists have found that women who hover over the toilet seat may not void as completely. This might increase the risk of urinary tract infections or make the treatment of incontinence more difficult.

Trying to sterilize a toilet seat is probably unnecessary if not impossible. You could carry a disinfectant to clean the surface if that would make you comfortable enough to sit down. One technique would be to carry alcohol wipes. Bleach, diluted according to the instructions on the label, is an alternate cleaning solution.

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Q: I have gotten so I'm not interested in my sex life as I once was. My husband is getting pretty upset with me. Is there anything at all you can get at a pharmacy without a prescription to help get the flame burning again? It's too embarrassing to go to the doctor for sex drive.

A: If you are seeking an aphrodisiac, we're sorry we can't help. Although people have sought such a drug for centuries, there is no good evidence that anyone has succeeded.

Are you taking any medicines such as Provera, Prozac, Valium, Reglan, Xanax, Inderal or Tagamet? …

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