Wondering if doing an enema will hurt? Or perhaps you've just had a painful enema experience?
For a lot of people putting something into their bottom is the complete opposite of what they're used to having happen down there.
So, understandably there is a lot of fear and worry about doing an enema. However with proper preparation there shouldn't be anything to fear.
Most people are scared that inserting something inside their rectum will cause them some pain due to the size of the item being inserted stretching their anus.
But what is most commonly not acknowledged is that most often the enema nozzle tip is smaller than what normally comes out of the bum, so stretching shouldn't be a concern.
What can cause an enema to hurt is if the skin in the anus is torn during insertion or if there are existing skin fissures or haemorrhoids to deal with.
Coconut oil is a commonly used natural lubricant that we also recommend (unless you're using a pre-lubricated chemist bulb).
If you have mediated before you will know what to do, but for those of you who haven't we recommend spending 5 minutes with your eyes closed focusing on your breath going in and out of your nostrils... when you are ready to insert the enema nozzle tip you can also try gently pushing out your anus whilst inserting the tip as some people find this makes it easier to insert.
Here is a guided muscle relaxation meditation that you might like to try too!
Some people do find some discomfort whilst holding in the water from the enema (such as cramps from wind in the colon), whilst others find it completely fine.
We recommend focusing on the breath and breathing deeply if you do feel any discomfort and if you feel like you need to go to the toilet at any point - make sure you do!
However if you have any other pain whatsoever, we recommend consulting your doctor as soon as possible.
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