There several different types of enema equipment, including the enema container or bag, nozzles, cleaning solution, and sometimes one-piece bulb or syringe versions. The solution being used to perform the enema is also a needed supply. Each is needed in order for the enema to be performed successfully, and various types are available depending on each individual’s needs.
The most important and basic enema equipment is the bag, bottle or bulb used to hold and squeeze out the solution. Disposable enemas come with the bulb sealed with the solution already inside. Bags may be used instead and are washable and reusable, but the solution must be purchased or made and added. There are various materials used in making the container, but the most common is plastic. Rubber may also be used.
Nozzles are another type of equipment which are always needed. They come in various sizes, with some being long enough to reach far into the colon to remove compacted waste materials. These are often used by health care professionals. Some nozzles are also designed to go into the vagina rather than rectum for use in feminine douching. The same nozzle should not be used for both purposes, and all nozzles should be washed thoroughly after each use.
Enema equipment also includes cleaning materials and solvents used to disinfect the nozzles and containers. This is generally bleach, heavily diluted with water, although other cleaning solutions may be acceptable as long as they effectively kill germs and bacteria. Some equipment may need to be cleaned using a sterilizer or may be inserted in boiling water for a few minutes to kill any germs. All items should be dried thoroughly on a flat surface to prevent mold.
The solution used when performing the enema or douche is also a type of enema equipment. This is usually made up of saline and helps to remove compacted waste materials by loosening them. When a feminine douche is performed, any number of ingredients can be used, but usually it’s a combination of water, herbs, vinegar, or antiseptic.
Sometimes there is no separate enema equipment and a syringe is used. This is a one-piece item that is used in much the same way as a traditionally designed enema, but it features a bulb and nozzle which are connected. They are often made of rubber or pliable plastic materials and are generally usable and washable.