Anal play can feel very good, but many people avoid it because they are concerned about issues of cleanliness. I personally want to know that I am spic and span before I will let anyone touch me there. I have been on adult sets where this was also an important issue, and most commonly people referred to anal douching. In general, vaginal douching is not such a great idea, but anal douching also has some issues that you should be aware of.
A douche basically inserts a liquid into your ass which helps flush out any stray feces. Typically, you insert around six ounces of liquid, holding it for a couple of minutes, then release. You repeat until you get a clear result.
What type of liquid you use is actually a bit important. Occasional use of tap water is okay, but it is not ideal. The best liquid is something that is more body compatible. We are talking saline solution. You can buy it, or make your own by combing a half cup of water with a teaspoon of salt. The temperature is also important, as your delicate ass (and it actually is quite delicate) will not like a hot liquid. Slightly cooler than lukewarm is what you are looking for.
The next consideration is a nozzle, which is what you insert into your rectum. It should be very smooth with no hard edges, and you should use lube for insertion. Pro Tip- insert a lubed finger first to help loosen the internal sphincter before inserting a nozzle.
Douching should not be an every day activity. Once a day max and no more than 2 – 3 times a week- but much less is even better. We suggest using condoms for anal sex, but if you are barebacking, consider that douching rinses out the protective mucus lining, so having unprotected anal sex after douching can increase your risks.
Douching too often can lead to problems. Serious ones, like hair loss, skin problems, vitamin deficiencies, and if you have heart problems, it is even possible that you could have a dangerous drop in blood pressure.
Keeping your intestinal fauna and flora in good health is also important if you douche, but you should be cautious of intestinal advice coming from people like Dr. David Williams, who I have seen referred from a site on anal sex as an expert in intestinal health. He looks legit, but he is actually a chiropractor who gets a very poor rating from the National Council Against Health Fraud. Check your sources out carefully when searching for this type of health information. Use of the terms alternative medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, and natural cures should at least get your spidey senses tingling and encourage further research.
Do not douche right before anal sex. Give it at least an hour, and much longer than that is even better. It takes a while to get you completely drained.
I think it is notable that when I had my colonoscopy (and if you are 45 and older and care about yourself and the people you will leave behind, you should really get one), they do not have you douche- they fully clean you out by making you drink massive quantities of awful tasting fluid. That is the real way to get cleaned out, and what we think of as anal douching can’t do that. I think it is better to think of douching for anal sex as more of an irrigation. You don’t need to fill yourself unless that is a fetish thing. A small amount of liquid in the interior area is enough- going too deep can actually make things worse and that is why you have to keep repeating, as you are flushing fecal matter from higher up in the colon where no penis can reach.
Now that we have discussed some of the basics, let’s take a look at some of the products. XR Brands has an entire line of products under the Clean Stream name. I do like shower enema setups like the Clean Stream Shower Enema System. It has a six foot metal hose, a valve to direct water to the shower or to the enema system, and two metal nozzles. Personally, I would pair it with their Shower Cleansing Nozzle with Flow Regulator, because you really want precise flow control. I also prefer the smooth bulbed tip. When using a shower system, you want to make sure that you do not have excessive flow (water pressure) and you also want to be extra careful about water temperature- hot water is bad! I am interested in using these systems more like a hand held bidet than an enema anyway. My goal is to get the entrance clean, not squirt out the deep recesses of my bowels, which is not usually good or necessary.
The Clean Stream Shower Enema Set and the Shower Cleansing Nozzle with Flow Restrictor
Then there are the bulb systems, where basically you use a squeeze bulb to move the water from the bulb into your derriere. These give you a lot of control and are inexpensive and easy to use. Beware of pre-mixed enema bulbs and check the ingredients of the fluid. For example, the classic Fleet enema has monobasic sodium phosphate and dibasic sodium phosphate. They are designed for constipation relief and you really don’t want to be using this before anal sex. It will give you results that are the opposite of what you want. The XR site has a number of bulb options to choose from.
From an ecological standpoint, I do like the Daisy and Skwert systems from C1R. These systems are inexpensive and easy to use and screw onto a regular water bottle. How’s that for being Earth friendly?
There are times when an enema is fine, but better still is not needing them at all. There is a better alternative. Eat more fiber. It binds your fecal matter so less gets left behind. Eating enough fiber can be quite challenging, so there are a lot of supplements. There are the forms of fiber that you put in liquid and drink (which is not for me), and then there is fiber in pill form (my preference). Picking out a supplement can be astonishingly difficult. There are may options intended for different situations.
If your primary concern is just getting cleaned out, there is a product designed specifically for that. We have not done in depth testing on it, but many people swear by it. They make no other health claims, as it is formulated for one specific purpose. It is called Pure For Men, and is essentially a fiber supplement with ingredients similar to other fiber supplements. They do have their own proprietary mix of three types of fiber – Chia, Flaxseed, and Psyllium Husk. Th9isg9ves it both soluble and insoluble fiber. Chia seeds also provide antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, and lingans. Flaxseed also provides Omega 3.
It is not that expensive. Buying a two month’s supply will cost around $12.50 a month. Looking at the comments on Amazon, it is highly rated. Users do feel that it makes a difference, and the science behind it is sound. I have no concerns about it working as advertised. Whether it is better than other alternatives is impossible to say without some rigorous testing, but it does seem like a legitimate product.