Tap Water vs Enemas: Everything You Need to Know

Dr. Evan Goldstein

fundamentals June 17, 2019

  • Using an isotonic solution is an effective way to cleanse your bottom

  • Tap water (hypotonic) and store-bought enemas (hypertonic) cause significant cellular damage to the cells in your butt

  • Store-bought enemas should only be used to relieve constipation or if instructed for medical reasons

Tap water or enema, what’s your pick? Though most think these two options are interchangeable, each have different uses and very different effects on your body.

Store-bought 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 you for an examination or procedure, like a colonoscopy. Enemas work to draw out water in your bottom, softening its contents and assisting in the removal of waste. Though it’s a common misconception that enemas are an option to help you prepare for play, its consistent use as a cleansing method has potentially dangerous results.

Alternatively, a cleansing solution is used to internally rinse your bottom before (or after) the fun starts. This method tends to be the most common practice in preparing to bottom. But when done incorrectly, or using unsubstantiated methods like tap water, regular rinsing can have risky results and leave you vulnerable to STDs and other diseases. 

So what is the best way to make sure you’re preparing to bottom correctly? Enter: isotonicity.

About the author

Dr. Evan Goldstein is the Co-Founder of Future Method and the Founder and CEO of Bespoke Surgical, the leading private practice in health and wellness for gay men. He received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is the go-to butt and bottoming expert, having been published in Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Healthline, and more. Learn about Dr. Goldstein by visiting his practice, bespokesurgical.com.

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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