Your web browser is out of date.
Please update your browser for the best experience on this site.

The Biggest Myths About Anal Douching

Fundamentals |

The Biggest Myths About Anal Douching

by Dr. Evan Goldstein

  • Truth: Feces is typically not present in the rectum, which is as far as the penis will go
  • Truth: Less is more — less volume and fewer rinse cycles
  • Truth: Enemas are meant for constipation, not prepping to bottom
It’s ingrained in our community that prior to anal intercourse, douching is an absolute must. Who wouldn’t want to be fully relaxed and refreshed before bottoming?
However, there are a lot of common myths about the right way to prepare for anal sex, which may be causing you to do more work (and worrying) than you have to. That being said, let’s get to the bottom of some common myths about prepping for anal sex.

Myth #1: Feces resides in the rectum and the anus, which is where the top will be inserting his penis.

Fact: Our bodies are designed so that stool stays above the anus and rectum, otherwise known as the sigmoid colon, until you feel the urgency to go. If you don’t have that feeling, chances are, you won’t have any feces in the rectum. Abiding by healthy eating habits and supplementing with naturally occurring fibers will allow for regular, bulky stools to occur. This is the natural way of keeping the anal canal clean for play. That said, residual feces can sometimes stick around in the rectum, so a quick rinse with the Future Method Anal Douche is an easy way to triple check before sex. Another tip: take your favorite toy or plug, lube it up, and give your ass a little preview of what’s to come. When you remove it, check and see if it comes out clean. If so, you’re ready to go. If not, a second pouch of our anal douche should do the trick.

Myth #2: Preparation should take approximately 30 to 60 minutes because when I douche, it takes a while for the water to run clear.

Fact: It’s common for us to think it should take tons of time and effort to get fully clean. But the reason you are likely running into excess feces is because of the force and amount of water you are pushing into your rectum. This can cause the liquid to travel all the way up into the sigmoid colon, which is where feces is stored (and much further than where the penis will hit). Ultimately, you are cleaning out way more than is necessary. It would be like putting a shot glass in the dishwasher. The way we’ve designed our system is that 1 pouch should be all you need to get ready to bottom. And since we also recommend expulsion as soon as you’ve emptied it into your rectum, your prep should take just a couple minutes. That said, we still recommend doing your prep 30 - 60 minutes ahead of time in case you experience any excess gas or residual solution that may take a little longer to come out.

Myth #3: The best way to clean is to use an over-the-counter enema.

Fact: Over-the-counter anal enemas do help with the occasional bout of constipation. These are not intended to be used on a regular basis since the chemicals they contain can cause cells to become irritated, creating excess amounts of mucus and dryness in the area.Dryness and irritation can lead to cracks and bleeding, leading to a higher risk of STD contraction and anal cancers.

That said, the Future Method Anal Douche was designed to be isotonic. Isotonic solutions are known to neither draw electrolytes from the body, nor draw water into the body. Their sole purpose is for easy cleansing without localized trauma.

By all means, continue to be persistent with hygiene and staying clean for play—just be conscious of what you are putting in your body and how you’re putting it there.
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.

Discover a new kind of sex care.

SHOP NOW