What Are Anal Douches?
With more and more people looking for spice in their sex lives, more attention is given to anal sex than ever before. However, this comes with a few drawbacks, and it has nothing much to do with pain when you are trying it for the first few goes. Let’s delve further in…
Because it all revolves around the anus, any participants need to make sure that they are clean, because there can be some unwanted mess, and this may ruin any experience being sought after.
With this in mind, there are a large number of devices on the market to aid in resolving this problem, and these come in the form of anal douches.
Anal douches are devices which have been designed to clean the inner parts of the rectum. They are devices which spray a stream of water of water inside the anal cavity. After doing this, the user of the anal douche will need to prepare themselves, getting ready for the water to exit the anus, because it will bring with it a lot more than they squirted into themselves.
Anal douches are a necessity, and for the majority of individuals partaking in anal fun, they are the truly the best way to make sure their nights of hot kinky anal sex are as clean as possible.
Different Types & Styles
It can be quite easy to think there’s only one type of anal douche because of the function they perform, when in fact, there are plenty of types that users can choose from.
The variety of anal douches covers comfort, experience level and depth of cleaning, because not all lovers of anal sex like the same thing. Although many douches are designed for easy insertion, they can still cause some discomfort in first-time users.
Here are the main types of anal douches:
Syringe/bulb douches – These are the cheapest devices and the most simple to use. They come in either a syringe type or a flexible bulb type. When the tip is dipped in water and the grip on the bulb is released, it sucks water up, ready for insertion.
Shower douche kits – These are attachments which connect to a shower hose. In most cases, they come with a hose, although these are not required as their fittings are standard. This type is suitable for more experienced users, and when inserted, they squirt water from a large number of holes down the shaft rather than a direct jet of water. Some models even come in the shape of a penis.
Enema bags – These are the classic design and look very similar to what is used in hospitals. They consist of a soft, flexible bag which holds the water and requires suspension before the nozzle on the other end is inserted. Rather than using force, these use gravity to let the water run into the anus naturally.
Aside from these, all anal douches are very similar in function, but designs and materials may differ between the types. However, they all clean the rectum efficiently and get it ready for some naughty bedroom adventuring.
How to Choose the Best Anal Cleanser & Rectal Douche for You
When it comes to choosing an anal cleanser, there are a few factors to consider. They do need to clean as intended, or you will not be satisfied with your purchase. For this reason, you are better sticking with reputable brands, so you know they are reliable and function well.
Another big consideration is the price. It’s advisable not to choose too cheaply, but at the same time, there is little point in overspending on a rectal douche. They won’t take the same punishment as sex toys so they should deliver use over extended periods.
Much of the decision comes down to one that you are most comfortable using, so to find these, here are a few pointers to get you headed in the right direction…
Nozzle size. Anal cleansers come with a range of different nozzle sizes. These not only allow for ease of insertion for new users, but the larger sizes allow for a spread out spray pattern rather than a straight stream of water. A sideways spray can clean those hard to reach parts of the rectum. Nozzle lengths can also come from 3 to 4 inch, all the way to 7 inches or above.
If you decide on the hose variety, you can find these are more substantial in size and range from around 8 inches to models that are upward of 14 inches.
Like sex toys, there are various materials you can choose too. These can include PVC, plastic, rubber, silicone, or stainless steel for shower hose anal cleansers. The material used in manufacture will determine how long your anal douche can last for.
In most cases, the shape of an anal cleanser is of little importance. In the bulb type anal douche, the only purpose is to suck up water so no shape will do this any better than another. The shape in the nozzle will make a difference though, because this is the part which will be inserted inside the anus.
What Are the Benefits of Anal Douching?
The primary benefits of anal douching are to prepare the rectum in as clean as possible condition ready for anal sex. This is because there can be the possibility of feces at some point during any anal play. This can occur while using anal toys or during full, penetrative sex. While this doesn’t happen for everyone, it can be more likely in new participants in anal sex or anal play, or if the rectum has feces lodged there.
When you’ve found the one which suits you, you will find that it’s only the first 4 to 6 inches which requires cleaning. If you avoid the urge to go much further, you can gently squeeze the bulb or use the spray shower head to thoroughly clean these parts.
Anal douching is beneficial for individuals who don’t eat a healthy diet too. If a diet is high in fat and lower in fiber, then movement of the bowel can be looser and more frequent. This leads to a higher risk of individuals finding a mess that won’t be fun during anal play.
Once you have performed this gentle cleansing, there should be no sign of any feces, and so you are ready for your anal play. One thing to note is that lube is still required on the device and around the anus when using an anal douche. This will help during the procedure to not cause pain or unwanted discomfort.
Some Safety Considerations
Although anal douching can be a necessity, it doesn’t come without any precautions that need to be advised.
There is a need to use the toilet before using an anal douche or what you are doing will be counterproductive. Once you have done this, you can move on to using your anal cleanser.
If you are using a bulb type and you have covered the tip and your anus in lube, you’ll need to insert a little and gently squeeze. If using a shower head anal douche, then the water should only be set to gentle.
When douching, the water removes more than feces. Part of the intestinal flora which is the good bacteria that helps with food digestion is removed too. If you douche too hard and too often, you can upset this balance, and you may find you have bathroom problems, so only do it as necessary. Additionally, water pressure (if too hard) can also damage the mucous membrane that makes up part of your lower intestine.
One thing to note is that anal douching can increase the contraction of STIs and STDs (sexually transmitted infections and sexually transmitted diseases). If the pressure of the water is too high, then micro tears can appear, and these are like an open door for infections to enter.
Some individuals think they need to use their anal douche after sexual play. This should be avoided though, especially if there was penetrative sex and a partner ejaculated. A secondary douche can further irritate intestines and also force any bacteria or sperm deeper inside, and this can lead to increased chances of infection.
Where Can You Use Your Anal Cleansers & Rectal Douches?
Anal douches are a bathroom-only preparation before any anal play. Although shower type anal cleansers might appear suitable for use in the shower, many are intended for the user to reach toward the toilet to be used. This is because once you have filled the rectum with water, this will want to find its way back out in a short time.
Now, so you can see how to correctly use a rectal douche, here are some easy-to-follow guidelines. These use the bulb type rectal douche because these are the more common varieties.
One thing to note is that you should perform your anal douching at least one hour before there will be any anal play.
- Try to defecate before using your anal cleanser.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Wash all the rectal douche components and fasten the nozzle to the bulb.
- Fill the bulb with warm water (what is warm to the finger might be too hot for inside the anus, so be careful).
- Apply a generous amount of lube to the anus and the tip of the anal cleanser nozzle.
- While stooping above the toilet, carefully insert the nozzle into the anus.
- Gently squeeze the bulb to disperse the water into the rectum.
- Tense your muscles until you feel the real need to evacuate.
- Sit and relax to let nature take its course.
This isn’t a one-shot cleaning process, so you will need to carry out the process a few times until the water runs clear.
Cleaning & Storage Tips
Cleaning anal douches can take more care than regular sex toys, and this is because it is intended to cleanse the anal passage. Not only do these anal douches require washing with warm soapy water, but they will also need disinfecting too.
This can be carried out in a couple of ways:
- You can use a 1:10 solution of bleach. This is ten parts of water to one part of bleach. When you have this in a container, let the douche sit in this solution for one minute while being submerged. After this, they should be rinsed both inside and out with clean water.
- Depending on the material used in construction, or as advised by the manufacturer, some anal douches can be boiled for up to 5 minutes. For any plastic or rubber douches, this won’t be possible because the materials will melt. For silicone or shower head anal douches, this is a great way to sterilize them between uses.
Because there are bulbs in use that contain water, these also need drying thoroughly to prevent any mold build up. If using any form of towels, make sure these are lint free and will help to absorb any moisture.
After this, they should be stored inside a plastic protective bag. One piece of advice is to add some paper towels so any excess moisture will be absorbed. Like any sex toys, these need storing in cool, dry places and not touching any other sex toys.
Common Questions People Ask
What kind of water should I use in my anal douche?
Regular water from the faucet or shower is fine if you don’t use your anal douche every day. Doing so can cause an imbalance of electrolytes. A saline solution is the most recommended, but this won't be possible for shower type anal douches because of how they’re set up.
How many times per week can I use my anal douche?
There is no specific number of times per week that you can use your anal douche. Although it doesn’t matter if you use the right solution at the right temperature, you don’t want to use a douche too much because of the damage it can do to your internal systems. A recommended number of times will be 2 to 3 times per week, with days in between of no use. Use your instincts and look at the manufacturer’s recommendations here.
Can I use a laxative instead of douching?
This might sound like a good idea, but these cause irritation in the intestinal lining and can lead to abdominal cramps and other unwanted side effects. These will only cause you to use your bowels more often, rather than cleaning the inside of the rectum. It’s not advisable that you take any drug for anal cleansing.