Updated: SEPTEMBER 19, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on September 18, 2022

An enema involves inserting a tube into the rectum to inject liquid and cleanse the colon. In a sexual context, this is usually done as a way of cleansing prior to anal sex. The enjoyment of an enema can also be a kink or fetish called klismaphilia. In this case, the enema itself is considered pleasurable and is typically called an erotic enema. Enemas are also performed for entertainment purposes in pornographic scenes, where people enjoy seeing the enema tube or bulb being inserted, as well as fluid flowing in and out.

Although enemas are used medically to treat constipation and may include other ingredients, enemas used for cleansing or pleasure typically consist of only water. An enema may also be referred to as an anal douche.

While an enema is not required in order to have safe and pleasurable anal sex, some people like to ensure the rectum is as clean as possible before inserting anything into it. In other words, an enema is a matter of personal preference and comfort.

How do you actually perform an enema? In general, once liquid is injected into the rectum, the person will feel the urge to defecate. The water is then released. This process is often repeated until the water runs completely clear.

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In BDSM and kink, an enema may be used for cleansing and also as the main event. Why are people into that? Well, for some, the sensation of warm liquid entering them and dripping out can be a turn on. But enemas can also be used as a form of humiliation, punishment or erotic torture. After all, the sense of pooping or overflowing with fecal water can make for a pretty humiliating scene. Because enemas are used to treat some medical conditions, enema play can also be part of a medical kink.

Whether an enema is being performed for cleanliness prior to anal play or as part of a BDSM scene, there are some precautions that should be followed to ensure it is done safely. First, performing an enema too often can lead to electrolyte imbalance, or even damage the lining of the intestines. It can also interfere with the natural flora of the gut, something that is important for overall health. The same goes for high-volume enemas. It is also a good idea to lubricate the nozzle of the enema bulb or tube, as this can help prevent damage as well. It is also important to use sterile equipment when performing an enema to prevent the risk of infection.

There are a few key types of enemas to consider:

  • Enema Bulb: This simple squeeze bulb is likely the most popular type of enema used prior to anal play. Simply fill the bulb with warm water, insert the nozzle and squeeze to send water up the rectum.
  • Fleet Enema: These enemas come with a pre-lubricated tip and provide usage instructions to help ensure you use a volume of water that's safe. Some may include laxatives, which is not recommended.
  • Shower Enema: Shower enemas use a hose to hook up to your shower. They can be difficult to use because of water pressure and temperature, both of which can be harmful internally if they are too high.
  • Enema Bag: Enema bags are sold as part of an enema kit, which includes a tube and nozzle. To use, the bag is filled with liquid and either squeezed or hung to release the bag's contents. However, the bag may hold more liquid than is considered safe.

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