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This may be a weird question but lately I've been thinking about how many surfaces our hands touch. All my life I would just go into the bathroom, use the toilet paper and wipe with toilet paper. Sometimes parts of my hand or fingers would touch my vulva during wiping but I never thought of it. Now, thinking about the amount of things we touch on a daily basis I've been wondering if it's better to wash my hands before using the toilet so that my hand does touch my vulva during wiping, no germs or infections can be transferred. Do most females wash their hands before using the toilet? Or is this something that I'm just being nervous about for no reason.
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I don't think there's a need to wash hands before wiping in most daily life because the paper is between hand and vulva, and the vulva isn't a sterile area anyway - like most of our body, it's made to be able to deal with ordinary things around it. If our hands are very dirty, maybe from gardening or wiping out a yucky waste bin, or we were cleaning and they've got cleaning chemicals on them, I think it's wise to wash hands first.

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Robin Lee
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Redskies is right that the vulva isn't an absolutely sterile place that we have to keep clean (to a surgical standard) at all times)

I did want to say that I have personally heard of people washing their hands before they use the toilet. If that's something you choose to do, remember it's not a substitute for washing them afterwards! [Smile]

Here's some extra info on hand-washing: The Simple And Underrated Art Of Washing Your Hands


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