Using a bidet can help to maintain a high level of personal hygiene after using the toilet. Washing is more effective and more soothing than toilet paper and is advised by health practitioners and doctors for people who suffer from haemorrhoids in particular, since toilet paper can be an irritant and cause more trauma.
A bidet stands around 40cm high, about adult knee-height, and is connected to a hot and cold water supply and waste outlet in the same way as your bathroom sink. The most popular way to do this is with a single mixer tap and pop-up plug, although some bidet taps also have a variable fountain spray. The bowl area is longer than it is wide, but is fairly shallow, allowing you to crouch over it with your feet either side to wash and refresh yourself.