Anal douching is a method of cleaning out the rectum and is common practice for many people before taking part in anal sex. Douching is done by flushing water into the rectum with the goal of cleaning the area and removing any residual faeces (poo) or smells.
Do I need to douche?
Nope! Douching is more of a personal preference than a necessity. Your body naturally keeps faeces out of the “way” so to speak, in the colon until you’re ready for a bowel movement.
Some people like to douche for peace of mind and the clean feeling it can offer. Others simply opt for a shower – it’s totally your choice!
This is probably a good opportunity to remind you that whether you choose to douche or not, there’s always going to be a possibility of a little bit of poo. Anal sex involves the literal hole your poop comes out of.
The potential presence of faecal matter is totally normal and nothing to be ashamed of. It can be quickly and discreetly wiped away with a towel kept nearby, and if you and/or your partner(s) aren’t understanding or respectful of that, I don’t recommend participating in anal play.
Is anal douching safe?
It’s thought that anal douching is overall safe if done properly and in moderation. It’s important to follow manufactures instruction upon practice.
It’s been believed previously that anal douching can increase the risk of contracting or passing on an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) due to the chance of creating small tears in the rectum, but any research has been inconclusive. Protection from STIs in the form of condoms are recommended in any case.
Douching can come with risks if you use water too hot or too cold, if you don’t use adequate lube, if you aren’t gentle and if you do it more frequently than recommended.
How frequently is anal douching recommended?
Anal douching is recommended no more than 2-3 times per week and only once per day, so as not to disrupt your natural bodily function and balance of electrolytes in the rectum.
Over-douching also risks damage to your anus and intestinal lining.
The practice should not cause any pain or bleeding, meaning if this occurs, you should stop immediately.
It is not recommended to douche if you have haemorrhoids (piles), anal lesions, or any other relevant medical problems.
How do you do it?
The good news is, flushing out the rectum is pretty simple!
1. Fill the douche with warm water and insert the nozzle into the anus. The water should be around room or body temperature, ensuring it’s not hot enough to burn or cold enough to shock your system.
2. Liberally apply lube to the nozzle for comfort and ease of insertion.
3. Gently insert the nozzle into the anus.
4. Slowly and considerately squeeze the bulb of the douche, allowing the water to enter the rectum and cleanse the area.
5. Remove the nozzle for the water to exit.
6. Repeat the process until the water flows clear.
How long before anal sex should you douche?
You should aim to douche around 30 minutes to 2 hours before anal sex. That way you can be sure all the liquids have expelled from the body.
Don’t insert too much water in one go
Re-lube with each insertion
Only do it if YOU want to
Do it when you’re feeling relaxed
Insert the douche while sitting on/squatting over the toilet
Lastly, whether or not you decide to give douching a go, I hope you have fun with all of your future anal adventures!
Please note that this blog is specifically about douching with a bulb-style douche.