Monthly Archives: September 2011

How to Use an Enema

Many people need to use enemas in order to relieve constipation. They consist of liquid, usually water with additives, introduced through a nozzle into the rectum. Enemas use has been replaced in most professional health care settings with oral laxatives or laxative suppositories. However, they are still a choice for in-home use for constipation and alternative health purposes.

Fleet Enema

Fleet Enema

An enema may be purchased from a drug store or an online medical supplies store such as When choosing an emema a prepackaged disposable enema may be your best bet, as recommended by your doctor, particularly if it is to be self-administered. You will need to be in a comfortable place where you can lie on your side for several minutes. Make sure the nozzle or tip of the enema is lubricated to make insertion easier and painless. Insert the tip gently into your anus and squeeze the bag containing the enema liquid into the rectum. Once the container is empty, gently remove the nozzle.

You should then wait the recommended time before evacuating your bowels, which could be anything from 2 to 15 minutes. Typical waiting times for various enema preparations are:  bisacodyl, 15 minutes to 1 hour; docusate, 2 to 5 minutes; glycerin 15 minutes to 1 hour; mineral oil, 2 to 15 minutes; senna, 30 minutes to 2 hours and sodium, 2 to 5 minutes. It may take up to an hour to complete evacuating your bowels, so keep close to a toilet.

A more specialized use of enemas is for cleansing the lower bowel before a colonoscopy or for administration of drugs into the bloodstream in situations where it is impossible to give medications by mouth. Some medicines for cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis can be given this way to avoid the digestive tract. Occasionally anesthetics are given rectally to avoid vomiting during and after surgical procedures. A barium enema is given in radiology to have contrast in imaging of the bowel. Finally an Enema may also be given for hydration purposes.

Enemeez Enema

Dehydration in a child can pose serious health risks and particularly small babies need fluids administered by an enema if they can’t drink fluids. Know the signs of dehydration and call a doctor if suspected. A child sized enema is a simple bulb which may be filled with warm water.  Lay the child on his left side with his right knee brought up to his chest. Insert the lubricated tip gently into the anus and slowly squeeze the bulb, expelling the water into the rectum. Hold the child’s buttocks together to hold the water in. A severely dehydrated child could absorb most of the water and you should consult a doctor about repeating the procedure and follow his directions precisely.

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How to Use an Erection Pump

An erection pump, penis pump, or vacuum pump is used by a large percentage of men over the age of 50 to treat impotence. Vacuum therapy is chosen because of it has a high success rate and because it is a non-invasive solution and it is particularly effective for men who can not take medications, such as, Viagra or Cialis, due to blood pressure medications or nitrates. They are also used by men after prostate surgery when the nerves ending in the prostate have been injured.

The vacuum therapy system allows a man to achieve a firm, natural erection. It works by placing a tube over the penis, with the pump producing a vacuum which draws blood into the penis, creating an erection. Penis or vacuum pumps are often made to high standards of quality and are distributed by suppliers of medical equipment, such as, Vitality Medical.

Flexible tension bands, commonly called cock rings, can be added. Fitted on the open end of the cylinder, then an erection is created by pumping. Then the rings are pushed by hand onto the base of the erect penis before releasing the vacuum. This restricts blood flow out of, but not into the penis, enabling the erection to be held even in the presence of problems of the vascular or nervous system which would otherwise lead to immediate loss of erection. In the best circumstances erections can be maintained for a considerable time, but manufacturers’ literature recommends that, for safety, rings should be removed after no more than 30 minutes.

Pumping must be done very carefully, as if done incorrectly, serious injury may result. Over-enthusiastic pumping can burst blood vessels and form blisters. In some cases the testicles can be unexpectedly pulled into the cylinder and cause severe pain and injury. It is also believed that the rim of the cylinder can cut into the skin and over time cause damage to the ligaments surrounding the penis.

The use of a lubricant, such as, Invicare Sterile Lubricating Jelly is recommended to achieve a good seal at the base of the pubis, and KY jelly can be used to lubricate the penis, the inside of the tube and the pubic area. Insert the penis into the tube and operate the pump, whether manual or battery operated, gently at first until achieving the best comfort level for you. Pull down on your testicles to avoid the skin being sucked into the tube, till the pressure forms in the cylinder.  Do not pump for more than 15 minutes at a time and note that it is not necessary to use a lot of pressure to achieve good results.

Heat helps with the expansion and softening of the tissue so it is suggested that you pump while in the bath, shower or Jacuzzi if you are using a simple manual pump.  Premium battery operated pumps however, should only be used in a dry environment.  Experimentation will be the best guide as you find what is best for you, practice a few times and it is suggested that best results are achieved with 15 minute sessions 4 times a week.

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