Anal douching (aka rectal douching) is the act of cleansing the rectum and anal canal, most traditionally done with liquid expelled from a douche bulb. It is not meant to treat a medical condition, such as constipation, and can be done before and/or after sex. It’s most commonly done to get the rectum and anal canal ready for bottoming or anal receptive sex.
How To Anal Douche
While there are many popular anal douches out there, including pre-filled store bought enemas, a bulb douches, water bag douches, and shower attachments, unfortunately, each of these come with negative effects. Why? These solutions were not meant for anal sex preparation and, therefore, have been known to cause harm to the body (more on this in the next section). That said, there is a new offering in the market — the Future Method Anal Douche. It’s the first isotonic solution that was created by medical professionals, including Dr. Evan Goldstein, to gently, yet effectively, cleanse the anal canal and rectum. Finally, something made by our community for our community that has the safety profile we have been asking for.
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IS ANAL DOUCHING SAFE?
Our intestines, more so the anus and rectum for bottoming, contain good bacteria that assists in digesting food, absorbing nutrients, aiding in appropriate stool formation, and keeping the bad bacteria in check. This microbiome stability is paramount to its functionality. Aggressive and frequent anal douching with products not developed specifically for the anal canal and rectum can actually flush away the good shit (pun intended), leaving you susceptible to a whole host of stomach and intestinal issues. Your intestinal flora are valuable for maintaining a healthy electrolyte balance and should be preserved as much as possible.
Water alone or saline chemical solutions actually cause the cells in the anorectal region to be injured, subsequently causing cell death. Remember: douching with these commercially prepared enemas or just plain tap water creates a lot of mucus and dryness in the area, which can also cause cell damage, cracking, and bleeding, making it easier to contract and pass along both HIV and other STDs. The crazy part is if this location is injured during the douching act, its lacks the sensations necessary for one to know a true problem exists.
One can be doing damage to one’s mucosal lining for a prolonged period of time and not know it until it’s too late. This is why it’s so important to consider an isotonic douche designed specifically for the anal canal and rectum. Isotonicity means a solution is in a normal zone of protection that allows for appropriate cleansing of the anal canal, without the traumatic effects of the other products mentioned. It’s that zone that one wants to stay within, which will allow both fruitful and continuous bottoming.
RISKS OF OVER-DOUCHING
Over-douching (cleaning too deep, with too much force, or with too much tap water) can cause problems, such as douche dependency, prolonged anal irritation, elevated mucus production, and lengthening or incomplete contraction of the rectum/colon, which can lead to chronic constipation. One’s anal sphincters keep everything inside and the constant pushing required for douching can cause injury to these muscles, let alone just the insertion of a device can cause added localized injury. Proper use and lots of lubrication aids proper mechanics.
Aside from the health risks, over-douching (too much volume or too much force) can also loosen stools that are higher up in the rectum, which wouldn’t normally come into contact with anal sex, making it even messier than if you hadn’t douched at all. The people who are douching for hours on end, for traditional anal intercourse, are placing themselves at risk and this method is not substantiated. The area in which the penis actually enters is located in the distal rectum and anal canal. This region is mostly clean, if the above methods are taken into account.
Gentle cleaning with small volumes allows for the removal of any remaining debris, all the while protecting and aiding one during the actual act. Less is more from the actual size of the bulb to how much force one uses. If you inflate like a balloon and use too much volume, this will enter the actual colon, much further from where one would go for engagement. This in and of itself will produce brown excrement, which leads one to believe that they are not “clean”. It’s key to understanding the correct principles and using the right mechanics and solutions that will aid in proper preparation.
ANAL CLEANSING & GROOMING
Anal grooming involves external hygienic care of your backside. Depending on your own preferences, as well as those of your partner(s), there are additional steps, beyond diet and anal douching, that you can opt to take to ensure your anal experience is positive for everyone involved.
External hygiene really comes down to keeping the area clean regularly and before you’re ready to have anal sex. You can do that through regular washing with soap and warm water or by installing a bidet at home. Whatever soap suits your fancy is amazing, but exfoliating soaps, specifically in this region, allow for not only ridding of unhealthy skin, but also keeping you primed and fresh.
To shave or not to shave?
You can also shave or wax your anal region, but this is a personal aesthetic preference (and comes with potential problems, like ingrown hairs or irritation). Also of note, if not done correctly through either cleaning reusable razors or utilizing new razors, one can cause local infections, including anal warts from an HPV infection. Laser hair removal is ideal, but can be costly and is more a long lasting effect with some elements of irreversibility.
Say no to wipes!
We are sorry to crush your spirits, but wet wipes (aka baby wipes) are terrible not only for your hole, but also the environment as well. They truly deplete your anal region of the good bacteria, which can lead to significant dermatitis or infections and can be the cause of a herpes or HPV/anal warts outbreak. Also, the residual moisture can lead to constant irritation and infections. While brands are constantly touting their freshness and ease of use, they don’t want you to know about their potential risks. Not to mention, the clogged toilet you have is usually because of them. Help the environment and your ass by staying away from wipes.
The biggest piece of advice Bespoke Surgical can offer is to listen to your body. It knows what it can handle and what it can’t. Along with this, it’s key to make sure that you are eating well and maintaining great hygiene. One easy tip is to prove to yourself, even before you douche, how clean you truly are by using a butt plug or dilator, preferably light-colored, to see whether or not any residual stool is present. If it’s all clean, you’re ready to go. The important thing to remember is that accidents happen and everybody poops. So, if you find yourself in a situation where things have gotten a little messy, DON’T PANIC! You’re not a freak… you’re perfectly normal.
By taking the above advice and utilizing the appropriate methods with minor tweaks, we can all reach the desired effects we are searching for. When it comes to sex, one size does not fit all (literally and figuratively). Let us know if you still have specific douching questions we can answer. Oh, and good luck!
Dr. Evan Goldstein is the founder and President of Bespoke Surgical, a surgical practice for modern males based in New York and Los Angeles. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Receiving the highest osteopathic education was pivotal in shaping his holistic whole-life approach towards his practice of private surgical care.