Using your phone on the toilet is giving you piles

woman take phone and smile happily in the bathroom
Using your phone on the toilet could do more harm than good (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Although many of us refuse to admit it, its a fact that everyone uses their phone on the toilet.

Protest all you like, but we wont believe you if you say you dont.

In fact, a recent study revealed that 57 per cent of Brits had owned up to using their phone on the loo, with eight per cent claiming they always do it.

But the question is, at what cost does a cheeky swipe through Instagram on the toilet come at?

Doctors are now warning that this practise can give you piles, lumps inside and around your bottom.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of, explained that it is the length of time your phone leads you to spend on the loo that raises the risk of developing haemorrhoids.



The more you use your phone on the toilet, the longer you will be sat there, meaning that pressure increases on the veins of the anus in the lower rectum.

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Its time to stop scrolling through Instagram on the loo (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Dr Jarvis said: Constipation and straining to poo is a major risk factor for piles – being pregnant, chronic cough and getting older also factor.

But so too does prolonged sitting on the loo. And while in the past, some of us took a good book into the toilet with us, these days its more likely to be the ever-present mobile phone.

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