The Biggest Myths About Prepping to Bottom

Dr. Evan Goldstein

fundamentals July 28, 2019

  • Truth: Poop is typically not present in the rectum, which is as far as the D will go

  • Truth: Less is more — less volume and fewer rinse cycles

  • Truth: Store-bought enemas are meant for constipation, not for preparation prior to bottom


It’s ingrained in the LGBTQ community, especially among gay men, that prior to bottoming, preparation 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 to bottom, 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 preparing your bottom. 


Myth #1: Poop sits in the rectum and the anus, which is where the top will be inserting his D.

Fact: Our bodies are designed so that stool stays in the sigmoid colon until you feel the urgency to go. The sigmoid colon sits above the part of your butt you use when intimate. If you don’t have the urgency to go sit on the toilet, chances are, you won’t have any poop where you don’t want it to be.

Abiding by healthy diet for bottoms and supplementing with naturally occurring fibers will allow for regular, bulky stools to occur. This is the natural way of keeping everything clean for play. That said, residual poop can sometimes stick around, so a quick rinse with the Future Method Cleansing Solution is an easy way to triple check before you play. 

Another tip: take your favorite toy, anal dilator, or plug, lube it up, and give your behind 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 Future Method Cleansing Solution should do the trick.


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Myth #2: Preparation should take approximately 30 to 60 minutes because when I prepare, 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 poop is because of the force and amount of water you are pushing into yourself. This can cause the liquid to travel all the way up into the sigmoid colon, which is where poop is stored (and much further than any D can 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 squeezing out Future Method Cleansing Solution as soon as you’ve squeezed it in, your preparations should take just a couple of minutes. That said, we still recommend doing your preparations 30 to 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 a store-bought enema.

Fact: Over-the-counter 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 and HIV transmission and cancers in that area.

That said, the Future Method 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.

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,


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