Everything you need to know about using a bidet for enema
Giving yourself an enema is pretty intense and not many people like to try. If you are constipated, then an enema can do the trick. The easiest way to do so is with a bidet that has an enema function.
If you are thinking of getting a bidet, then you can get one with an enema function and have all the hygiene benefits of a clean bum with the bonus of a safe and easy enema.
So, the answer is that you can give yourself an enema with a bidet as long as you have the right kind. You can’t do it with every type of bidet.
How does a bidet give you an enema? There are two types of ways. One is that the jet is powerful enough to stimulate the bowels. The other is attaching an enema bidet attachment. In this guide, we will give you the information you need to decide which is best for you.
Best bidets with enema function
The way a bidet enema works is that the jet is powerful enough to enter the anus and will stimulate your muscles there. You may find that even a bidet without the actual enema function will give you a strong enough stream of water to loosen the bowels.
You simply position yourself and the nozzle so it directs a stream of water right to the anus without ever touching you with the wand or nozzle.
The water is warm and the jets provide a gentle massage. This may help loosen a hard stool that you are having trouble moving along.
An electric bidet is your best option since you can warm the water and they also have massage jet options. A non electric is probably not going to make the water spray strongly enough and the water will be cold. (Some people in the comment section have said that they have had a good experience with some non electric bidets for an enema. The Luxe Neo-185 is recommended)
Below is a list of the electric bidets that do have an actual setting for enema in addition to all the other settings for cleaning your anus and genitals.
How do an enema with a bidet
The key to a successful enema with a bidet is to position yourself well. This is going to take some trial and error and probably a wet bum a few times before you get it right.
Basically, the idea is that you need the angle of the water stream to be close to the anus and able to penetrate just based on the angle. The ideal bidet for this is one that has adjustable nozzles so you can get the angle just right.
Use the settings for different strengths, starting with a lower strength and increasing until you get the right penetration.
Different bidets will have different enema settings, from pulsating to massage to turbo. Read the instructions carefully depending on the model. A general rule of thumb is that you only need to use the enema function for about 20 seconds or so for a full cleanse.
When done right, it should only take a few minutes to complete the enema. Here is the step-by-step guide.
Step One: Get the angle right
It’s important that the jet of water is able to make contact with the rectum and be able to massage the muscles. if you have a powerful enough jet, it will also enter the anus and stimulate the bowels as well as cleanse the interior. Play around with nozzle settings and your position on the bidet to find the right position.
Step two: Get the water pressure right
Start out with a low water pressure for the nozzle the first time to figure out how much you need. Your household water pressure decides how strong the jet of water will be. Go with the lowest setting and work your way up until it is entering the anus.
If you are using a handheld bidet sprayer with an enema wand then you have to be very careful with the pressure.
Step three: Use warm water
Any temperature water will do when doing an enema for cleansing. However, if you are trying to relieve constipation then warm water is ideal. This will help loosen the bowel muscles but cold water will tighten them.
Step four: Relax and go slowly
The key to doing a proper enema with a bidet is to relax and not rush things. It will likely take a few tries before you settle on the right settings to give yourself one that is safe and works well.
Step five: Gently clean
Once the enema function is complete, it is time to clean up. Use the bidet’s regular cleaning function to wash up and then dry yourself well after. If you have a bidet with a dryer function then this is ideal. Otherwise, use a clean bidet towel to dry off.
Does a bidet enema help with constipation?
Just about any bidet is good for constipation if you work the angle right. The key is to have one with a strong enough jet and it’s best with warm water.
You don’t even need the jet of water to enter into your anus in many cases to find yourself ready to pass that hard poop.
For light cases of constipation, the warm water and pulsing jets of water can be enough to stimulate the bowels to get moving again. (Check out this article about the bidets that use warm water!)
In cases where the constipation is a bit more stubborn, then you can get a bidet with an enema function and easily, safely and cleanly get your bowels moving when the jet of warm water enters the anus and in some cases can even reach the lower intestinal tract to encourage the bowels to evacuate.
Bidet enemas and hemorrhoids
Wiping with toilet paper is not good for hemorrhoids. A bidet is infinitely better as it is gentle and allows the area time to heal. Even bidets without an enema function are good for hemorrhoids. We wrote a detailed article just for those people wondering about bidets and hemorrhoids that you can read here.
If you do have hemorrhoids and it happens frequently, a bidet is far more comfortable than wiping.
The warm water and gentle pressure will clean your bum without you needing to rub it. You’ll find it a very soothing sensation and will be glad to not have to wipe with toilet paper, or those flushable wipes. Which aren’t even actually flushable!
It may even help if you have frequent hemorrhoids from being constipated. Your bidet can help you get your bowel moving without you needing to push hard. Pushing is what makes the veins swollen and leads to an outbreak of hemorrhoids.
So, in this way, a bidet can help prevent hemorrhoids. If you have a bidet and still get hemorrhoids, however, at least you will get plenty of relief from not needing to wipe.
Bidet for itchy butt
If you frequently get pruritus ani, (that’s just a fancy word for itchy butt) then a bidet will help immensely. It is mainly caused by either not wiping well enough or from wiping too hard or frequently.
A bidet gently cleans the bum so you won’t be dealing with that discomfort that comes when your bum just feels itchy all day.
Then there are those who have an actual medical condition that isn’t just uncomfortable, it can lead to a lower quality of life from the pain.
Doctors can prescribe medication, but even with that, a bidet will do wonders for you.
If you do use a free standing bidet and wash up in its bowl, make sure you are using a natural, soothing soap and avoid anything with harsh chemicals that irritate the skin. A baby soap is usually your best bet because they are gently formulated.
The best bidet to use is one that attaches to the toilet seat and squirts water from a nozzle so you can do it hands free.
Bidet enema danger
Using a bidet for enemas is not inherently dangerous, but there are a few things you should know beforehand. First and foremost you should speak with your doctor before you try to give yourself any kind of enema. Even one that is done with the help of a bidet.
An enema that is administered wrong can be very dangerous as you are using a tip that enters your anus and can rupture the soft tissue inside. A bidet doesn’t do this as it is just a jet of water.
That said, if your colon is particularly sensitive, and you use water pressure that is too high, you might do some damage. That is very unlikely, however, and if you are careful then you won’t have any problems.
Where you could have problems is that since the bidet is so easy to use, you perform enemas too frequently. Doing this can disrupt the balance of microbiota in your gut and end up leading to other problems.
You’re also risking getting very low in electrolytes that your body needs.
Don’t use the enema function unless you need it for constipation or to clean up before anal sex once in a while.
Bidet enema attachments
Handheld bidet sprayers can be used with enema attachments to make a bidet enema more effective and easy. If you already have one then you can buy bidet enema shower heads that attach to the hose of your sprayer. They can even be installed in a shower if you have a hand held shower head.
For those without a bidet then you can get an easy-to-install and use bidet sprayer that comes with its own attachable heads if you frequently need to give yourself an anal douche. This one from Amazon is quite popular.
If you need the occasional enema, a bidet is the ideal solution. Get your bowels moving with a safe anal douche instead of an invasive enema. It feels better, it is effective and you’ll get the added benefits of a clean and dry bum whenever you poop.
Plus, never have to deal with TP shortages again!
I can’t think of a bigger win-win scenario.
If you have any questions about bidets, then drop a line below and I will get back to you ASAP.
FAQ About Enema Bidets
Can a bidet be harmful?
In 99% of cases, a bidet is perfectly safe and sanitary. You can run into problems if you use it too often for enemas. You could end up disrupting your gut flora if you do this too often. Also, if you use too high a water pressure stream, you could possibly cause an anal fissure.
When used as a feminine wash, it can also disrupt your micro flora in your vagina. Only use it to clean your genitals on rare occasions as a vagina is generally self cleaning.
If you use it to wash your bum instead of wiping and only occasionally use it as an enema then you will be fine.
Can a bidet give you diarrhea?
Bidets don’t cause diarrhea. In fact, you may have less frequent diarrhea when you use a bidet as you usually have a cleaner bum and are less likely to have harmful germs there.
Can you use a bidet with IBS?
A bidet is no cure for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but it is much better to use when you have it than using toilet paper.
If you have IBS and use the bathroom frequently, then using toilet paper too much is going to cause irritation. Some people opt for flushable wipes, but they do serious damage to sewer systems.
A bidet is the best option as it gently cleans and also gives soothing relief to people with IBS.
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Due to medications, I deal with constant constipation. I didn’t want to give myself physical issues from straining, so I installed a bidet. It has been an absolute game-changer as far as ease in toileting. I will never not have a bidet again. Bonus not having to buy toilet paper and always having the cleaner undercarriage than anyone else. Win win win
Good info except where you state non-electric bidets aren’t strong enough. I have a neo-120 and it works great for enema! Cold water and all! In fact, the water pressure is so high that I cannot turn the dial past the first dot.
That’s very good to know! I have not had that experience so I suppose it comes down to water pressure.
I have had 2 neo 100’s neither have enema function in the anal canal, they are sending me a neo 185 but the internet reviews say it will not work either, we will see. We have 55 lbs of water pressure, that pressure should knock me off the Neo-120. Previously had a Bio Bidet dual nozzle it worked perfectly> Could not remember the name and found it recently if the Neo 185 does not work I will finally buy the Bio Bidet, I know it works. Hope this helps. This anal cleaning function function is important, b/c after evacuation of feces i go sit down and a small amount of feces comes out itching starts causing pain and the skid marks, lol, not fun.