Staying Safe with Anal Douches
Anal douching is becoming much more commonplace in recent years. Not only gay men, but heterosexual and even lesbian couples have begun to indulge in the practise, some cleaning their rectum daily to prevent the build-up of faeces and bacteria. While the practise is perfectly safe for the most part, there are some dangers to regular or excessive douching that you should be aware of if you plan to take up the practise.
These dangers can be loosely grouped into incorrect douching, and excessive douching.
How you douche can be the most important factor in whether or not it actually benefits your body. Using incorrect techniques or equipment can put you at a lot of risk. Even if your techniques are correct, some styles of douche will need more care than others.
Douches are designed by nature to be inserted into the anus. While there is nothing inherently wrong with inserting things in your butt, it’s an unfortunate fact that our bodies weren’t originally designed for this use. The anus doesn’t produce any natural lubrication, unlike the vagina, so plenty of lubricant will be needed to avoid damage to your anus, sphincter, or rectum.
Failing to lubricate will be painful, but this might not be the biggest worry. Pushing things into your anus dry could lead to abrasions, scratches, tears, or even punctures. The first three will make you much more susceptible to infections and diseases being transmitted through the wounds. Punctures though are much more serious, and will usually require surgery and have a long-term impact on your life.
[Which liquid you choose]<link to liquids to anal douche with when written> to douche with will have an impact on the benefit, or detriment, to your body. In some cases, this will be simple. DO NOT douche with bleach, alcohol, acid, car oil, anything that is quite obviously going to be toxic, poisonous, or unhealthy for your butt. With other liquids, knowing which to use can be a little more difficult. For example, regularly douching with tap water can cause an electrolyte imbalance within your body.
When something is going to be going inside your body, you’re going to want to [make sure it is properly clean]. This should go without saying, but some materials used to make the nozzles will be harder to properly sterilise than others. You need to take extra care to make sure any nasty bacteria have been fully removed between each use. We’d also advise that you never share your douching kit with anyone else. Having one for each person is so much easier, and cuts down risk of infection massively.
Some douche nozzles are designed to be attached directly to the faucet of your shower, eliminating the need for a bulb or bag. While this might sound like a great time saver, it significantly increases the risk factor. Household pipes don’t usually have consistent pressure levels, so it can be difficult to get the water flow right. Even if you do, a sudden surge in pressure could fill you up a lot faster than you were inspecting, and might rupture your rectum or colon. If you use one of these douches take things very, very slow, and be even more careful than usually.
This should be quite an obvious danger, especially if you use a shower shot douche nozzle. Most people won’t enjoy having a cold or even room temperature douche liquid. It is usually recommended to heat the liquids up to around body temperature before insertion. Getting this wrong though can suck. Too hot, and you’ll burn your rectum. Too cold, and all your insides will tense up making the whole experience much more difficult and unpleasant. If you plan to douche regularly you might want to pick up a simple thermometer to make sure you get it right.
While the other dangers are relatively simple to identify and monitor, excessive douching is a little more difficult. There isn’t really any hard and fast rule on how much you should douche, or how much is too much. What we do know though, is that doing it every day is almost certainly going to be bad for you.
The rectum, while not self-lubricating, does contain a mucus lining. This helps to protect the rest of your body from any of the nasty bacteria you’ll find in the area (which is quite likely given what it’s for). There are also a number of healthy flora and bacteria that live in your rectum and digestive system. People will often drink probiotic yoghurts to help boost these good bacteria, as maintaining a good level of them improve your overall self-being and wellness.
Douching has the opposite effect on both these natural processes, quite literally flushing them down the toilet. When done occasionally, this isn’t going to have a huge effect. If done every day though, your body will never have time to recover these good bacteria and mucous so the rectum will gradually weaken.
Good douching practise
Correctly douching is quite a simple process, and carries limited risk. To make sure you get it right, there are a few simple steps you should follow:
- Ensure that your equipment is clean and sterilised.
- Lubricate the anus and nozzle well.
- Check the temperature of the liquid you use to make sure it isn’t too hot or too cold.
- Gently squeeze the liquids into your rectum. Avoid too much pressure.
- Hold the liquid inside you for as long as you are comfortable with. When your body wants it out, let it out!
- All of the liquid might not exit your body straight away, so stay near the toilet for at least half an hour after you douche. Avoid straining to push the liquid out.
- Following your douche, be sure to thoroughly clean and sterilise your equipment ready for the next use.
- IF AT ANY POINT DURING THE DOUCHE YOU FEEL PAIN, OR SEE BLOOD, STOP IMMEDIATELY!
While we understand that dealing with faecal matter during sex can be a rather unpleasant experience, it’s equally important you understand the risks you take when “washing your insides”. Take care not to overstress your body, and try to listen to its signs and signals. If you have any worries, always go to your doctor for advice.