You Sit Your Bare Butt on Public Toilet Seats.
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The verdict: No worries! Really!
The toilet seat is probably the cleanest thing you'll touch in a public restroom, according to research done at the University of Arizona, largely because anxious women either use those seat covers or otherwise wipe the seat before touching down. So go ahead and make yourself comfortable! "There's this idea that if you sit on a toilet seat you're going to get some dreaded disease," Dr. Streicher says. "That's just not going to happen. Things like gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV don't live on surfaces. And your vagina doesn't touch the toilet seat; it hangs over the bowl."
So hovering is unnecessary—and might be more of a nuisance than anything: "When you crouch, you might not empty your bladder completely, so you'll have to go again sooner," Dr. Streicher says. "I'm a gynecologist, and I sit down firmly on public toilet seats."