Enemas For Constipation: The 6 Things You Need To Know

If you've ever experienced it, you'll be sure to know that dealing with constipation is a right pain in the butt (no pun intended). Thankfully there are solutions out there to fix it... and an enema for constipation is one sure fire way to get things moving again.

Here are 6 things you should know before you get started. 

1. What is an enema for constipation?

An enema for constipation is simply the process of inserting liquid into the rectum to help moisten hardened stool.

2. Why use enemas for constipation over laxatives?

An enema for constipation is an excellent choice over laxatives as laxatives can upset the entire digestive system (when what is really causing the issue is just the hardened stool in the final part of the intestinal track).

Laxatives can also take quite a while to work (sometimes up to a day).

However, we always recommend consulting your doctor first to make sure that an enema is the right choice for your specific situation.

3. What are the different types of constipation enemas?

Saline Laxative Enema Bulbs

These are the ready to go enema bulb kits you find in your chemist (often from the brand Fleet).

While these can be a good option for some they use laxative chemicals to draw out moisture from your internal system and moisten the fluid.

Some people do not recommend using these kits as they believe the chemicals are harmful to the body.

Water Enema Bulbs

Water enema bulbs are similar to the saline laxative bulbs, but you simply suck water into the bulb and squirt it into the rectum.

This can be a good choice for those looking for a quick fix, however for those regularly dealing with the issue or wanting to use more water and enema bag or bucket is an ideal choice.

Enema Bags & Buckets

As mentioned above and enema bag or bucket can provide more convenience for those who find they are regularly blocked up and/or are dealing with severe constipation that may need multiple enemas to fix.

Some people also like to use magnesium with the water to try to create the same effect as the saline enema bulbs.

4. How to do an enema for constipation.

A standard home enema process is what is usually recommended for an enema for constipation.

5. How long will a constipation enema take to work?

Enemas can take differing amounts of time to work based on your individual situation, but often enemas for constipation can start to be active within 10 minutes.

6. Enemas for constipation are usually preventable.

The most important thing to remember is that enemas for constipation can normally be fixed with an improvement of diet.

Eating more plants and roughage, plus drinking more water often is enough to prevent the need for one - however, if you are in a painful situation - please check out our enema supplies to help fix the issue.


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