Anal Douche Safety

Although still a somewhat uncommon practise, anal douching is being taken up by more and more people around the world. It isn’t just gay men either! Even heterosexual and lesbian couples are indulging in the practise.

Some have even reached the point of douching daily to prevent the build-up of faeces and bacteria. For the most part the practise is perfectly safe, although there are some dangers to regular or excessive douching you need to be aware of. Most of these dangers can be attributed to either incorrect douching or excessive douching.

Incorrect Douching

The techniques used when you douche play a massive factor in how effective the process is at cleaning and benefitting your body. Douching incorrectly or using incorrect equipment can put your body at a lot of risk. Even with the correct douching techniques, certain styles of anal douche will need a little extra care.

Lubrication for Douching

An anal douche is, unsurprisingly, designed to be inserted into the anus. While we can put objects into our butts as much as we like, it’s a fact of nature that they weren’t originally designed for this. This means the anus doesn’t produce any of its own natural lubrication, so you’ll need to add some of the store-bought variety to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Choosing not to use lubrication can be quite painful, but this isn’t going the be your biggest worry. Inserting things into your anus dry could cause all kinds of problems, such as scratches, tears, abrasions or even punctures. While the former will leave you very susceptible to infections as bacteria enters the body through the wounds (and this is much more likely when you are pumping fluids into your body), the latter is much more serious and could require surgery or even effect you for the rest of your life.

Douching Liquids

Choosing the right douching liquid is a massive part of the process, and plays a huge role in the benefits, or detriments, douching will have on your body.

For some liquids this should be very simple. Never use things like bleach, alcohol, battery acid, car oil, or anything else that will be obviously toxic, unhealthy or poisonous as an anal douche liquid or you’ll be in some trouble.

Other liquids can be a little more difficult to evaluate. Even tap water, which most people would expect to be harmless, will cause an imbalance in your bodies electrolytes over time. Make sure you always evaluate your douching liquids thoroughly and research exactly what effects they’re going to have on your body.

Anal Douche Cleaning

Whenever you’re going to be putting something inside your body, you need to make sure it’s as clean as possible. This is no different with anal douches, especially given the part of your body they are used to clean.

Anal bacteria can be some of the nastiest in the body, so you need to make sure you’re properly cleaning your douches between every single use. Some materials that are used making anal douches will be much more difficult to sterilise than others. For the safest experience you should always try to buy douches made of a non-porous material.

Another tip with regards with cleanliness is to avoid sharing your douches with anyone else. The bacteria found in your anus might not be harmful to your own body, but if it finds its way into someone else’s it can cause a lot of problems. If you must share then try to clean the nozzles as thoroughly as you can before someone else uses them, but we still don’t advise it.

Shower Douche Nozzles/Shower Shots

Some douche nozzles are designed to be attached directly to the faucet in your shower, meaning you don’t need to worry about having the bulb part at all. This can be a massive time saver, but it does massively increase the risk associating with douching.

The pipes in your house don’t carry a consistent level of pressure. This makes it difficult to even get the right amount of water flow in the first place, but even if you manage it you are still at risk of pressure surges. A large pressure surge can cause you a lot of problems and may even rupture your colon. If you do decide to use these kinds of anal douche, be sure to take extra care.

Temperature of Your Douching Liquid

An obvious consideration to your douching process should be the temperature of the liquid you use. In general, you aren’t going to enjoy using a cold liquid or even one at room temperature!

This means you’re going to need to heat up your chosen liquid before you use it, usually to around body temperature. Getting this wrong can be a horrible experience. If your liquid is too cold, your insides will tense up and make the entire experience more difficult. This can make it much more likely for you to injure yourself.

Too hot, and you’ll just burn your rectum which will be very painful. You might want to pick up a thermometer to accurately measure the temperature of your douching liquids.

Excessive Douching

Even if you are a master of douching and do everything correctly every single time, you might still fall prey to excessive douching. Unfortunately, there isn’t any proper rule on how often you should douche, only that doing it too often can be pretty bad for your body.

Although our rectums aren’t self-lubricating, it does contain a mucus lining. This helps to protect your body from any of the less friendly bacteria found in the rectum. You also have a large amount of healthy bacteria and flora which live in the rectum and digestive system. These are exactly the bacteria that probiotic yoghurts are designed to boost.

Excessive douching is very harmful for both of these natural processes, literally flushing them down the toilet. While all douching will remove at least some of these good bacteria, doing it from time to time isn’t going to completely mess up your system. Douching too often though will mean your body will never have enough time to fully replenish these beneficial bacteria so the mucous will deteriorate and over time weaken your rectum.

Good Douching Practise

To try and avoid as many of these negative effects as possible, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to successful douching.

  • Start by making sure that you thoroughly clean and sterilise all parts of your douche.
  • Apply a generous amount of lube to the douche nozzle and your anus.
  • Use the touch test to make sure your chosen liquid isn't too hot!
  • Insert the nozzle into your anus. It can be good to hold it there for a minute or two before starting to douche. This lets your muscles get used to being opened.
  • Press on the bulb of the douche to force the liquid up the nozzle and into your rectum. Try not to apply too much pressure.
  • Gradually empty the liquid into your body. You can hold it inside for a while, or let it straight out.
  • You might have liquid coming out for half an hour or longer, so it's best to stay in the bathroom. Try not to strain to push the liquid out.
  • After you've completely emptied your rectum, thoroughly clean and sterilise all your douching equipment.
  • If you notice pain at any point in the process, stop immediately.

    Dealing with the things that come out of your butt can be a rather unpleasant experience, and you might want to just get it over with as quickly as possible without really thinking about it. Even if this is the case, you need to constantly be aware of what you’re doing and listen to any signs your body is giving to you. Try not to overstress yourself, and if there are ever any worries head to your doctor for some extra advice.

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