What is a Shower Enema?

Marco Sumayao

A shower enema enables a person to flush his or her colon at home, without the need for a trained professional's assistance. Among the different types of enemas, a home enema is considered one of the most cost-efficient, especially for individuals who undergo regular treatments. This type is accomplished by attaching special enema supplies to one's bathroom shower, which allows for quick and convenient colon cleansing.

Enema supplies are connected to a shower for a shower enema.
Enema supplies are connected to a shower for a shower enema.

Unlike other types of home enema, a shower enema doesn't require the use of an enema bag to pump water into the colon. The only necessary supplies are nozzle tips to insert into the rectum and a pressure valve to control the flow of water. Most kits also include additional tubing for greater ease of use. Special adapters might be needed to attach the nozzles or tubing to shower heads that cannot be removed from the water source.

A reusable enema kit.
A reusable enema kit.

After it has been assembled, an enema set is relatively simple to use. The nozzle is inserted into the rectum, often with the aid of lubricant. The shower is turned on, and the pressure valve is adjusted until the water flow is at a comfortable level. As the water flows through the tubing, the colon is cleansed of any fecal matter and other residue. After the colon has been moderately filled, the individual then removes the nozzle and defecates into the toilet.

Epsom salt, which can be used to make an enema.
Epsom salt, which can be used to make an enema.

Enemas have several potential benefits. Periodic colon cleansing may help to detoxify the body and promote regular bowel movement, making enemas a source of relief for individuals who are suffering from severe constipation. Enemas may also prevent the formation of painful polyps in the colon and rectum. A shower enema is especially useful for individuals who need to undergo regular treatment, because in the long run, the one-time investment in a set will be much cheaper than medical fees.

A shower enema is an at-home version of a colon flush.
A shower enema is an at-home version of a colon flush.

There are certain risk factors, however, that are associated with shower enemas. It does not regulate the amount of water entering the colon, unlike an enema bag. Overloading the colon with water can cause it to rupture, leading to severe medical problems. There also is no guarantee that the water pressure will be kept at safe levels, although the number of pressure-related injuries resulting from the use of these sets is quite few.

It is recommended, as with any self-performed medical procedures, that an individual who is considering a shower enema first consult a trained professional to determine if the procedure itself is safe for that person. In addition, all instructions accompanying the set should be followed precisely in order to avoid any possible medical issues.

A shower enema involves an insertion of a nozzle into the rectum.
A shower enema involves an insertion of a nozzle into the rectum.

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I'll need to invest in the shower kit, the stainless steel nozzle type, so that I can just attach the nozzle and flush myself. I do the shower enema once every week or two; but I would like to do it nightly (I live with roommates, so I'd have to do it late at night while they're asleep) as I get more used to it.

As for the procedure itself, for now, since I don't have a kit, I detach the shower head from the hose and I press the tip of the hose against my anal opening (not sticking it inside) and let just a rush of warm water fill my rectum for 5 seconds, then I remove the hose, and "blow" the water (and funk) back

out. I repeat this step a few times until I'm blowing clear water out of my rectum. The warm water helps to break down the 'stuff' inside so it will all blow out with the water. I haven't had any problems with the water pressure, and after I'm done I can feel the difference in cleanliness and comfort. Then I clean the hose with bleach and replace the shower head back on. I also flush myself before having sex so that I'm clean and my partner is happy, knowing that we can enjoy a pleasurable time together without any 'accidents'.


I am doing this daily and I have not faced any problem until now. However, I would love not to use this and have proper bowel movements.


Obviously, making sure the water pressure isn't too forceful is a must. However, I must say that since I have started doing shower enemas I no longer am constipated or have hemorrhoid fissures. I can pass stools with no pain and haven't felt better in my whole life.


A shower enema can be extremely dangerous. Indoor plumbing is "famous"/notorious for wild water pressure swings. A Shower enema fed from this kind of water supply is very dangerous, if not fatal.

High water pressure can rupture your rectum, anal canal or lower intestines, long before you can pull the plug! Any water infiltration into the abdominal cavity can be the last. These types can kill. There isn't a safe pressure release sold in any of these kits. You are taking your lives in your hands.


The pressure is critical! I cannot stress too much that to much pressure will kill. Excessive pressure can kill you! Even if you have to cut the flow to a trickle then that's what you have to do. Doing this too fast can rupture the rectal or intestinal wall in a second, and before you can react it will be too late!

If you must use an enema on a regular basis, the old fashioned red bag is pretty safe to use.


If your shower is close to the toilet you can attach the enema shower and sit on the toilet. All you need is a shower cut off valve that you get at Lowes to cut the water on and off. Then slip a colon tube over the small stainless steel nozzle, adjust the pressure and you are set up for enema, anal douche, or a colonic. It's a great set up. LS

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