But what is douching? I will share my experiences of douching in the hopes that it will educate, inspire and encourage more people to talk about it. It will have happened to everyone at one point, and sometimes things are just out of your control! So what is a douche exactly? It can be used for either medical or hygiene reasons.
Douching is typically normally associated with the vagina, with anal douching being called an Enema — however as most sex toy sites refer to them as anal douches, that is how we will refer to it for the rest of this article. There are probably 3 typical examples of a douche: Bulb Douche These are probably the most common type of Douche, and probably the cheapest and easiest to use. They are normally 2-piece kits — a squeezable bulb usually made from rubber or silicone into which you insert a nozzle.
You fill the bulb with warm water and then insert into the anus, and squeeze the bulb to allow the water to enter. These are typically used for a shallower cleanse although you can get some bulb douches with a larger nozzle to go a bit deeper. I recently upgraded to the Deluxe Anal Douche which has an additional nozzle to allow you to vary the water intensity.
Shower Douche A shower douche will typically be a kit that will allow you to connect it to your existing shower or bathtub mixer tap. Some can be permanently attached, others can be attached Ad Hoc when you need it. The good thing about this type of douche, is that you get a consistent flow rate.
Of course, this does mean that you need to be EXTRA careful when using something like this — which is why I recommend using a product that allows you to adjust the pressure. This type of douche could be worth looking into if you are someone who regularly enjoys some deeper anal play so fisting or extra large dildos. It features a 6 foot hose, along with 2 nozzles.
It can be attached permanently, so features a regulating tap. This means you can direct the flow of water through the douche or the shower. It also has a valve to allow to control water flow too. Needless to say, you use too high a pressure, you are going to cause yourself a lot of pain. So do please, be careful. Water Bag Douches These essentially combine the best bits of the bulb and shower douche.
The basic concept is a bag or sometimes a hot water bottle that is filled with water and then held high on a hook it actually works in a similar way to the Hydrodouche — there is a long tube attached to the bag, which then has the Nozzle. They can be relatively inexpensive. The Travel Anal Enema Kit in includes a bag and suction cup to hold it in the shower, along with the nozzle and hose with a flow adapter. You could spring for the slightly more expensive and more durable option — Clean Stream Water Bottle Douche features a sturdy water bottle and can again be hooked up on the shower to allow you use of both hands.
Bear in mind, that you may have to replace the bag at some point, which can make these a pricer investment in the long run, but the portability and easy of use is probably a fair trade off. Similar to the water bag style, is the Bathmate Hydrodouche see my review here. There is plenty to be said both for and against douching. For some people, when preparing for anal play, just a simple shower and gentle cleanse around the anal area with mild soap is enough.
Something aimed at sensitive skin is probably the safest option — they usually organic and chemical free, so less chance of irritation. The thing you have to remember is that your gut contains bacteria. Some of this bacteria is good — it helps your body digest food and absorb the nutrients it needs — and also keeps the bad bacteria in check.
Sometimes, if you get a bit too aggressive and frequent with your douching, you can actually flush away this good bacteria, and it can leave you susceptible to upset tummies — which nobody likes. There is no conclusive scientific evidence to suggest that douching has any health benefits — other than just giving someone peace of mind. The biggest piece of advice I can give here — is listen to your body. Only you know it as well as you do, and at the end of the day, as long as you have understood the potential risks, then only you can make up your mind.
Ok, so how do I do it? Well it all depends on what Douche you are using. Now, I myself have never actually used a water-bag douche, or a directly connected shower douche — however I have used Bulb Douches as my main weapon of choice and recently I reviewed the Hydrodouche — you can read all about that here. Make sure that when you start douching, you are within easy reach of the toilet! Ensure that the nozzle to be inserted and yourself are well lubricated before insertion.
You generally only need to cleanse the lowest part for anal play. Gently squeeze the bulb to allow the water to come inside. I can say now, that initially it is the strangest feeling in the world. But you get used to it. Once you have expelled all the water, I will flush and then go again — the reason?
Well I need to be able to check how clean I am — so by flushing, I can see the difference. Like most things, douching is a personal choice, and everyone will have their own way of doing it. I hope this has been helpful, useful and if you have any questions or comments, you can leave one below. This article contains affiliate links. When you click on these links and make a purchase, we receive a small commission.
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