How to use a Douche
For peace of mind before engaging in any sort of anal play, we highly recommend using a douche (or enema, as it’s also known). Most douches can be used for both vaginal and anal cleansing, and once you’ve got the hang of it they are really simple to use. A douche is essentially a stream of water that enters the body and is flushed back out. It helps to ensure maximum hygiene, cleanliness and will also alleviate any fears about the sorts of “nasty surprises” that can happen when engaging in anal play. There’s no need to feel embarrassed or awkward about douching. It’s a perfectly normal practice and it takes just a few moments to add one to your shopping basket when buying your next toy.
Step-By-Step Guide to Using a Douche
Let’s take a look at how a douche works, and how you can easily incorporate one into your lifestyle. We’ve mostly focused on anal douching, but it can also be used to clean the vagina. However there is more risk of infection from vaginal douching, so we will discuss that at the end of this section.
- Choose your style - The main difference between a douche and an enema is that an enema comes with a large water bag or pouch that holds the water, and it operates automatically. A douche has a bulb with a nozzle, and you flush the water through your body by hand. An enema has a longer nozzle, making it better for deeply cleaning the anus but a douche is generally easier to use and a lot quicker.
- Location, location, location - It’s fairly important to be near a shower or toilet when douching, because what goes in must come out!
- Lube up - The anus has no natural lubrication, so before douching you need to apply plenty of lube. You’ll also need to re-lube before each round of douching.
- Check the temp - Douching with hot water can have some very nasty side effects. And if it’s too cold, your body will get quite a shock! So you should always use lukewarm water. Don’t add soap or any other products to the water. Your body is extremely sensitive, and is very effective at keeping itself clean on the inside. The douche should only be used with water or you will upset the delicate balance of bacteria in your body. You should give the douche a proper clean before use. Then fill up the bulb and you’re ready to get started.
- Insert the nozzle - For anal douching, you don’t need to go too far. Just cleaning the lower section should be sufficient. Lube yourself and the nozzle and then insert it slowly inside. Squeeze the bulb and feel yourself filling up with water. You don’t have to empty the entire bulb of water, just enough until you feel full. You can always go back and do it again later.
- Keep holding! - Remember, don’t let go of the bulb while it’s still in your anus or vagina, because you’ll suck all that expelled water back inside it! Always take the bulb out of your body before letting go.
- Flush it out - Your body will naturally want to expel all that water you’ve just flushed inside. So when you’re ready (trust us, you’ll know when), sit down on the toilet or squat in the shower and you’ll feel it all come rushing back out. It’s an odd sensation but you’ll soon get used to it. Keep douching (gently) until the water you expel is fairly clear. Give it about 45 minutes before engaging in any anal play, because some of the water may still be trapped up high and need some time to flush itself out naturally.
Other Ways to Enjoy Your Douche
There are plenty of other ways to use a douche!
- Vaginal cleanser - Before using the douche to cleanse your vagina, it’s vital that the douche is 100% clean. It should be boiled, sterilised or even thrown in the dishwasher to ensure there is nothing that can damage your delicate vaginal balance. It’s fine to douche your vagina every now and then, but we wouldn’t recommend doing it more than once a month. Too much vaginal douching can upset the natural balance of bacteria and result in minor infections. It can also flush out the “good” bacteria and result in things like stomach aches. So it’s best not to douche too often, or too aggressively. The vagina is very effective at cleansing itself, and it’s important you never use anything other than water.
- With a Partner - Try involving your partner in the process. Get them to help, or they might even like to watch.
- In the Bath - The bath is often a place where we feel most relaxed, so if you’re unfamiliar with anal play then it might help ease the discomfort of inserting a douche for the first time. Never insert it too far and if you feel uncomfortable at any point just take it out and try a different angle.
- Before Date Night - You never know how the night is going to end up, so always make sure your vagina and anus are completely clean. It will give you peace of mind and help avoid sharing any nasty bacteria.
If you've never tried a douche before then take note of the instructions above!