Using an anal douche has been considered a necessary step for bottoms (receiver of anal sex) before doing any form of anal play.
Though there’s still an ongoing debate regarding this practice’s effectiveness and safety, most bottoms are still douching their bums as it provides them peace of mind; they believe that minimizing the risk of getting those “messy accidents” during anal sex is better than not preparing at all.
Now, you’re probably new to the whole thing, and that’s why you’re checking out this guide. Don’t worry, pal. We’re here to help you out on how to anal douche properly.
We will also answer some of the frequently asked questions about this practice, so if you have certain worries about anal douching, make sure to check that section below. But before we head to the step-by-step guide, let’s have a quick refresher about this process.
What is Anal Douching?
Anal Douching, also known as rectal douching, is a hygienic practice of rinsing the rectum. Using a douching device, such as a douche bulb, you will squeeze water inside your anus, flushing out the fecal matter in the process.
Unlike the vagina, the anus isn’t self-cleaning. Some people, particularly with a low-fiber diet and suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, may have bits of their stool hanging out in the first few inches of their anus. And if you or your partner isn’t uncomfortable with encountering poop during the deed, douching can minimize that from happening.
Types of Anal Douching
Most common folks are familiar with the bulb douche— the one with a bulb and nozzle in it similar to those nasal aspirators. However, there are different types of devices that you can use to clean your rectum with. Learn more about the different types of anal douching here.
As we’ve mentioned above, this is the most common type of anal douche. It’s also the simplest and the cheapest type since there’s not much “setting up” required on this. All you need is an affordable douche bulb, and you’re good to go.
The bulb douche comes in two parts– the bulb and the nozzle. The bulb is usually made with rubber or silicone and is the part that you fill water into. As for the nozzle, it’s a slim tube that you insert into your anus.
This type is typically used for a shallower cleanse– although you can get some bulb douches with a larger nozzle to go a bit deeper.
You’ll need to put an anal douche attachment on the shower hose or faucet for this type. Once you’ve attached the device, you can simply turn on warm water from your shower or faucet and slowly insert the attachment on your anus.
What’s great about this type of douche is that you get a consistent flow rate. You can get a deeper clean because you have more pressure coming out. However, you’ll need to be highly careful when doing this type of douching. If you accidentally apply too much water pressure inside your rectum, you may end up perforating. There’s also an obvious danger of getting your rectum burned by having the water temperature too high. So as we’ve mentioned, you’ve got to be careful when doing this anal douche type.
3Water Bag Douche
If you want a type of anal douche that combines the best bits of the bulb and shower type, then you might want to check this one out. The water bag douche consists of a liquid bag, which is hung at an elevated position. A pipe will then run from the bag to the nozzle, inserted into the anus. The liquid will then pull down from the tube and into your rectum.
What’s great about this is that the water bag douche carries more fluid than the bulb douche. This means less time on refilling water. It also lets you clean much more thoroughly and allows you to get a much deeper cleaning. However, this type may be more complicated than the bulb one.
Pros and Cons of Anal Douching
One of the common benefits that a bottom could get from anal douching is peace of mind. Most bottoms don’t want the horror of seeing their partner getting smeared with poop over their penis/strap-on. And since this sexual activity requires peace of mind, anal douching has become a necessary step for some people; if they’re not doing it, they may end up getting too tensed for the deed.
As for the tops, the main benefit that they can get from this practice is that they don’t get to encounter feces during the deed. Now, some tops don’t really mind seeing and touching bits of poop during anal sex— it may even be a kink for some of them. However, for people that are squeamish about feces, seeing smeared poop on their genitals may be a big nope. And while excrements are natural, it’s understandable that some people don’t prefer seeing or touching them during sex.
As for the cons, one of the biggest concerns that bottoms have with this practice is that anal douche washes away the protective mucous lining of the anus, making bottoms more prone to infections such as HIV. Sticking a nozzle up the arse can also cause tiny cuts in it. However, bottoms can avoid these risks as long as they know how to anal douche properly.
How to Clean Your Anus Using a Douche Bulb
As mentioned above, partaking in anal douching may pose risks. That’s why bottoms need to know how to use the anal douche properly.
We will turn our focus to the bulb douche for this beginner guide, as shower and water bag douches are more suitable for experienced ones. Here are the steps on how to properly clean your anus and rectum using a bulb douche.
1Prepare your douche bulb and water.
Before touching your bum, it’s important to check your bulb first. If you’ve just bought it from a sex toy shop or pharmacy, check the edges of the nozzle; there shouldn’t be any rough spots on it. You can also test it out for leaks by squeezing some water in.
Besides checking your douche bulb, you’ll also need to prepare the water you’ll wash your rectum with. Though it’s not dangerous to use tap water (especially if you don’t do anal cleansing regularly), it’s ideal to use “normal saline” or salt water. This is because when you anal douche regularly with tap water, it can cause electrolyte imbalance. To do this, just combine a half teaspoon of salt with a cup of water.
Don’t forget to check the temperature of the water too! Take note that your intestines and colon’s mucosal lining are much more sensitive than the skin outside your body. With that, the water should be lukewarm and close to room temperature. For safe measure, put a few drops of the saline water on your hand before inserting it into the bulb.
Another thing to prepare during an anal douching sesh is a water-based lubricant or silicone-based lubricant. This is mandatory as your anus doesn’t lubricate. If you’re not going to be lubed up, your anus and rectum may end up with tears during friction; it’s also going to be hella painful. So please, prepare an unscented and unflavored water-based lube and use when inserting the nozzle in your anus.
2Put yourself in the right position.
Once you’ve got the essentials laid up, it’s time to start the cleaning sesh. After squeezing normal saline water on your bulb, put yourself in the right position. We suggest standing in front of the toilet, placing your dominant leg up on the toilet.
You can also do anal douche in the shower, just if you want things to be mess-free as possible. Just find a small stool or anything that’s sturdy to put your dominant leg in.
Now, if you’re wondering if you can just squat, this isn’t ideal since you’re trying to hold some water inside your anus; you’ll not be able to clean your arse thoroughly with the said position.
3Insert the anal douche to your anus.
Once you’ve positioned yourself, you must then relax your anus. Put some lube on your finger, then massage the opening of your arse. Once you’re fully relaxed, put an ample amount of lubricant on the nozzle, then slowly insert it in your anus. Gently squeeze the bulb to slowly squirt in the saline water.
Once you’ve put the water in, remove the nozzle and try to hold the water in for a few minutes. If you can’t hold it in, just sit down on the toilet immediately or squat the water out (if you’re in the shower). Now, if you can hold the water, we suggest moving a bit of jumping around as you hold the liquid in; don’t do this if you’re in the shower, though, as you might end up slipping and falling in there.
4Release the water from your bum and repeat.
After a few moments, sit down in your toilet or squat in the shower to release the saline water. Repeat the step until the water looks clearer than the first release.
Besides checking the water, you can also do a finger test to see if your bum is thoroughly cleaned. To do this, apply some water-based lube on your finger, gently insert it into your anus, take off the finger, then sniff it. If there are no bits of poop or feces odor, then you’re arse is now ready for anal play. But this doesn’t mean you can now have anal sex right away; check the next step for more details.
5Wait for an hour before having sex.
One of the biggest mistakes more first-time bottoms make when anal douching is that they have sex just a few minutes after deep cleaning their arse. Here’s the thing, hun: Though most water has already been expelled from your butt, there’s still some remaining liquid in there, so you’ll need to allow some time for all the water to come out. Wait at least an hour before doing the deed.
Things You Shouldn’t Do When Anal Douching
After learning what you should do, here are the things you shouldn’t do when anal douching. Remember these things to prevent mishaps and trips to the ER!
1Don’t use hot water.
Putting hot water there can cause damage to your rectum. No, anal cleansing with hot water wouldn’t make your bum extra clean; it’ll just cause problems in the area. Just go with warm water.
2Don’t squeeze too much water in one go.
Squeezing a lot of water inside your anus isn’t make your anus extra clean, nor will it speed up the douching process. It may actually bring more harm than good to your body. Just pump a decent amount of water on your anus.
3Don’t use household items, such as a water bottle, as an anal douche.
For the love of your anus, use the right equipment, and don’t resort to DIY-ing when anal douching. Your anus and rectum are incredibly sensitive, and using items such as water bottles may injure the lining of your rectum or your anal opening. Besides, there could be a chance that it might get stuck in there since it’s not designed for anal insertion… You don’t want to show up in an ER with a bottle on your bum, right?
4Don’t stop reapplying lube throughout the session.
One of the common misconceptions about anal douching is that you only need to apply lube once. However, if you’re using a water-based lubricant, it gets rinsed out every time you insert the tube in your anus. When you keep inserting the anal douche without reapplying the lubricant, you may have micro-tears or injury on your rectum. So lube up!
5Don’t mix yogurt, vinegar, detergent, or other substances in your douching water.
You may be tempted to mix something in your water to “enhance” the douching process. However, yogurt, soap, vinegar, or other body cleaning products wouldn’t make a difference. It can only cause harm to your rectum. Just stick to saline water or tap water.
Anal Douching Essentials
As you’ve learned the ins and outs of anal douching, you now have adequate knowledge to try this activity. But before you do just that, check out our douching essentials below.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you’ve read our guide, you’ve probably had a clear picture of how to anal douche properly. By this time, we’re certain that you’re ready to take the first step on deep cleaning your bum. However, if you still have questions about this practice, no worries, as we will answer some of the frequently asked questions about anal douching.
1Is anal douching necessary?
Not really. Your rectum is designed to keep poop up high until it’s time to have a bowel movement. If you’re someone with firm stools and isn’t suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, there’s less chance that there are bits of your feces hanging in your anus. A good wash on your anal opening should suffice.
But as we’ve mentioned, anal douching provides peace of mind for most bottoms. If you feel more comfortable and sexy when doing this practice, then go for it! Just take the proper steps, and you’ll be fine.
2Does using an anal douche bulb supposed to hurt?
If you’re not fully relaxed, you may feel discomfort or pain when inserting the nozzle. That’s why your bum must be fully relaxed before doing the cleaning process.
3Am I gonna poop during sex if I don’t douche?
Nope! Using anal douche wouldn’t just magically make you poop. You see, excrements are held mainly in the sigmoid colon; it’s located above the rectum, so there’s no way that a foreign object can trigger that part.
Though anal douching (and anal sex) can stimulate you to have a bowel movement, it doesn’t necessarily lead to actual pooping. If you feel like going to the loo, we suggest stopping the douching and starting pooping in the toilet instead.
4Is it okay to anal douche every day?
There’s no official rule on this, but ideally, you should only anal douche 2-3 days a week. Now, if you want to douche every day, you can do just that, but make sure you’ll only do it once. Take note, douching too much can damage the lining in your bum, putting you at a higher risk for getting an infection.
5Are there alternatives to anal douching?
As we’ve mentioned, it’s not necessary to anal douche. If you’re not comfortable doing this practice, then you’ll do just fine. As long as you have a regular, fiber-balanced diet, as well as healthy bowel movements, a good booty wash would suffice.
As for the alternatives, there’s no other method to deep clean your bum right now. What we can suggest is for you to have plenty of good quality fiber in your diet. Taking probiotic supplements to have regular bowel movements can help too.
Now, if you’ve heard some anal cleansing trend in the future, make sure to check if it’s safe. Anything that involves taking laxatives or medications that disrupt your gut’s natural rhythm should be avoided at all costs.
6What is the safest type of anal douche?
The safest type of anal douche is the bulb douche. This type lets you have full control over the flow of the water. Even though the shower douche is more convenient than this type, the pressure and temperature of water in a shower douche may suddenly increase, leading to an anal injury. Since there are no nerves inside the anus, you might not feel if the water is getting hotter than normal or if the pressure is too much.
7I’m a “top” in the bedroom, is anal douching necessary?
It’s essential to clean your anus with mild soap and water, as analingus/rimming may still occur on the deed. However, you don’t need to do anal douching as you won’t be the one getting penetrated.
8What’s the best type of lubricant when inserting an anal douche?
We recommend silicone-based lubes if the anal douche you’re using isn’t made with silicone. Water-based lubricants would still work; you may need to apply more of them as it tends to get washed away with water instead of silicone-based lubes. You can use either type; just don’t resort to oil-based lubes or lube that’s not safe for genital use.
9What are the risks associated with anal douching?
If you’re not anal cleaning properly, you may damage your anus lining, which will increase your risk of getting sexually transmitted infections.
10Do I need to clean my anus when there’s no anal penetration?
You must always clean your genitals before having sex, whether or not you’re going for anal or vaginal play. Not cleaning your anus can put you and your partner at risk for infections.
Anal douching may not be as necessary as one might think, but most people still consider it as a vital step on their anal sex regimen. So if you’re curious to try this out, go for it! As long as you follow the steps given in this guide, you’ll do fine.