Home Enema Guide – A guide to taking an enema

Ordinary tap water (even when boiled) is not recommended for use in any enema recipe (Due to the possible presence of chemicals that have been added).  Always use the purest filtered or bottled water you can find.

  1. Before and after you take your enema you should always make sure your equipment is thoroughly clean. Check the equipment thoroughly to ensure it is clean. Flush out the tube and tap to ensure that they are clear throughout too.
  2. Connect all the equipment together. The enema attachment is the small tip, the vaginal douche attachment the longer tip (it usually has a slight bend in its shape and is much longer than the anal tip). Make sure that the tap mechanism is closed. Fill the enema bag or bucket with pure, mineral or filtered water which is at room temperature.
  3. Suspend the enema bag less than three feet above the height of your hips from a convenient hook on the wall or door, or supporting rail. Run some of the water through the tube and out of the tap end to release any air in the long tubing or tap before use. Close the tap again ready to start.
  4. Apply lubricating jelly (olive oil is good or YES lubricant) to the enema tip and also to the outside of the anus. Lie either on your side, kneeling head down bottom up, or on your back. Insert the lubricated enema tip into the anus and turn the tap mechanism allowing the water to flow in. You will need to hold the tip in place. Gravity will feed the water down from the bag/bucket through the tube for as long as the tap is open. You may feel more comfortable letting the water feed down in stages to allow the fluid to settle, in fact that is preferable to trying to take it in all in one go. You can adjust flow by turning the tap on or off. It is a bit fiddly but with practice it gets simpler.
  5. Now, lie on your right hand side (Remove the tip if it is easier). Hold the fluid inside you for as long as you can without it being uncomfortable. When you are ready to sit on the lavatory go to the toilet to allow the evacuation of the faecal matter and water. Don’t rush, strain or force. You will be able to hold onto the water/fluid for longer periods with practice. More fluid needed? Just top up the bag. It may be that you will need to feed water into your rectum and evacuate the contents a number of times in one session or once is enough per session. It really is up to you.

Don’t forget that it’s really important to clean the equipment after use. Use a gentle but effective sterilising solution like Virkon disinfectant tablets.

Read more: Cleaning & storing your enema equipment

We recommend the Artsana home enema kit, a 2 litre capacity enema bag that’s low cost (under £10) available from Manifest Health’s website.