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Douching Vs. Enemas: Everything You Need to Know

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Douching Vs. Enemas: Everything You Need to Know

by Dr. Evan Goldstein

  • Douching with an isotonic solution effectively cleanses the rectum
  • Tap water (hypotonic) and store-bought enemas (hypertonic) cause significant cellular damage to anal cells
  • Store-bought enemas should only be used to relieve constipation or if instructed for medical reasons.

Douche or enema, what’s your pick? Though most think the terms “douche” and “enema” are interchangeable, each have different uses and very different effects on your body.

Enemas are meant to be used only a few times over the course of your life, if even at all. Their main purpose is to relieve constipation and prepare your rectum for an examination or procedure, like a colonoscopy. Enemas work to draw water out of your rectum and not only soften its contents, but also assist in the removal of waste. Though it’s a common misconception that enemas are an option to help prep your rectum for penetration, its consistent use as a cleansing method has potentially dangerous results.

Alternatively, a douche is used to internally rinse the rectum before and/or after sex. Though its sole purpose is to cleanse the anal region, douching tends to be the most common practice in prepping for sex. But when done incorrectly, douching can have risky results and leave you vulnerable to STDs and other diseases. So what is the best way to make sure you’re prepping correctly for sex? Enter: isotonicity.

The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Future Method, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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