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Your Guide to Anal Douching

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Your Guide to Anal Douching


Douching is the process of cleaning out your rectum with water. Some prefer to douche before anal sex, however with a healthy, high-fibre diet you should be perfectly fine to get fucked without needing to douche.

Don’t forget that human sex organs are a body’s rubbish outlet as well – it takes patience and some practice to learn how your body works, and sometimes things might not go to plan. It pays not to get too squeamish about things, and a good sense of humour can go a long way.

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Anal douching can irritate or damage the lining of the rectum, making you more susceptible to HIV infection if you don’t use any protection such as condoms or PrEP. If you're HIV negative and struggle with consistent condom use, consider taking PrEP to stay safe. 

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Did you know?

Anal douching can irritate or damage the lining of the rectum, making you more susceptible to HIV infection if you don’t use any protection such as condoms or PrEP. If you're HIV negative and struggle with consistent condom use, consider taking PrEP to stay safe. 

Learn more about PrEP

Ways you can douche & types of douches:

  • You can buy a douche kit from most sex shops. They’re available in anal and vaginal versions but either will work fine. If you're just starting out, look for ones with a thin nozzle to make it easier to insert into your butt (avoid the large or ribbed ones for now).
  • Shower hose attachments are also available, but it is not recommended to use there. There’s a risk of sudden changes in water pressure and temperature, and because your rectum doesn’t sense heat, it’s easy to burn yourself.
  • Bulb-type douches, like this one above, are safer than shower hose attachments because you can control the flow of water.
  • The other way to go is to try the DIY approach and use a drink bottle with a sipper top (and lots of lube!)

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How to douche:

  1. It’s best to only use warm water, as soap can damage the sensitive lining of the rectum.
  2. Gently place the tip of the douche’s nozzle against your ass and carefully slip it in; using water-based lube will help. Try not to clench and try breathing out as you insert it. Douches vary in length and you don’t need to put it all the way in, but far enough so that the water doesn’t run out.
  3. Squeeze the bulb or bottle you are using, or turn the tap to let the water flow, for up to about 10 seconds (maybe less for your first time). The sensation of the water filling up will probably feel pretty strange at first. Remember that you're only trying to clean out the lower rectum, so don't add too much water.
  4. Hold the water in for a few moments. Take a few breaths.
  5. Expel the water.
  6. Repeat until the water that comes out looks clean.
  7. Then shower and you’re ready to play! Some folks like to wait a while between douching and sex. This way you can be sure all the water’s drained out and allows the lining of your rectum to re-adjust.

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Watch our video below where we explain douching!

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