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What Items are in Enema Kits?

By Kecia Hambrick
Updated May 17, 2024
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Enema kits allow you to flush out any fecal matter that has built up in your anus and colon. The convenience of these products is that they allow colon cleansing to be done at home, with no assistance from a doctor or nurse necessary. There are a few items that come with most standard kits, including bags, hoses, nozzles and instructions on how to use the equipment.

The first item that should be included in most enema kits is an enema bag. This is the device that holds the soapy water — or plain water, if you prefer — to be inserted in the anus. These bags can vary in size, with the most common being 2 to 4 quarts (1.9 to 3.8 liters). There should be a hook at one end for hanging the bag, and an opening on the other, which is where the hose connects.

The hose is another familiar item found in enema kits. This enema tubing connects the bag to the nozzle, which will be inserted into the rectum. The hose is typically 2 to 4 feet (0.6 to 1.2 meters) in length, which allows the bag to be hung at varying heights.

A rectum nozzle can also be found in enema kits, and it is the piece that is inserted into the body. There are various types of nozzles to choose from. There are nozzles that help to prevent any of the fluids from leaking from the rectum, while others are designed for people who often have trouble with hemorrhoids.

Instructions on how to properly use the enema kit should also be included. It is important to follow the directions carefully in order to prevent discomfort or even injury. First time users often are advised to talk to their doctor or seek the advice of an experienced individual if the instructions are the least bit unclear.

Other items that are sometimes found in enema kits include an enema bulb or bucket — to be used in place of the enema bag — a hook separate from the enema bag, lubricant, and a solution mixture. These additional items may vary, but the above items usually come standard in most products.

To perform home enemas, buying a kit is advised. Buying enema supplies separately can lead to poorly connected devices, creating a huge mess or a great deal of discomfort for you. Enema kits typically can be reused as long as they are properly cleaned and stored after each use.

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Discussion Comments
By candyquilt — On Jun 01, 2013

@anamur-- I also suggest getting a kit with a hanger for the enema bag. It's not really feasible to hold the bag during the irrigation.

By SteamLouis — On Jun 01, 2013

@anamur-- It sounds like the kit was missing the clamp for the nozzle and the plug you can use at the end to keep the enema in for some time.

I had a problem keeping the enema solution in once because I bought all the pieces for the set separately. The nozzle was too small, so as I flushed the enema in, it seeped out from the sides.

That's why it's always a good idea to get everything together. I suggest purchasing your kit from a medical store. They tend to have more options.

I have a reusable kit that I bought from a medical store. The only thing I buy separately is the enema soap because I like trying different kinds.

By serenesurface — On May 31, 2013

Is there supposed to be something in the enema kit to help prevent water from coming back out of the colon while it is being sent in?

I bought an enema kit from the pharmacy. It came with a plastic enema bottle, tube and nozzle. But while I was administering the enema, the water was coming out as soon as it went in. It was also very messy. I have no idea how people do these things regularly.

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