The practice of taking enemas is as old as recorded history. The ancient Egyptians took them, as did the Mayas in Mexico.  The French king Louis XIV had at least one enema every day and probably was a klismophile (a Greek word meaning enema lover).  In the 20th century, enemas were very popular up to approximately 1950, when the medical establishment stopped recommending them and people started using chemical laxatives instead. But in the past few years it seems, more and more people are discovering the pleasures of the enema.

Many people find the idea of taking an enema disgusting and can't imagine doing it voluntarily. But, as the Latin motto goes, de gustibus non est disputandum (there is no accounting for tastes). My advice is, give it a try. Enemas might prove to be a real turn-on for you.

The great thing about enemas is that they involve no drugs, are in general a very safe practice, and may even be good for you. While taking an enema is relatively simple, you can, however, get into some trouble if you don't use common sense. Sticking a colon tube up your butt, for example, has the potential for damaging your insides if you aren't careful. And, in general, you should only take enemas if you are in good health with your immune system intact. If you are HIV positive, are on serious medication, or have any kind of intestinal problems, you should probably avoid enemas. There may be some work-arounds in this area, but if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. If you are not comfortable consulting your regular doctor about such matters, most kink organizations, such as the Janus Society, can provide you with a list of doctors who are comfortable with discussing the medical aspects of kink practices.

Exactly why and how a person develops an erotic interest in enemas is not known, but it is certain that a percentage of the human population has always been fascinated with the subject. In fact, there are probably many more people out there who love enemas than you imagined. Like, there are a surprising number of online groups that people join to discuss enemas and there are lots of websites that sell enema equipment.

So, why do some people develop an interest in enemas?  While not always the case, one contributing factor may be that, as a child, a person received enemas from parents. Prior to around 1950, enemas were often believed to be a cure-all for constipation, colds and other minor ailments. Many children were given them regularly, sometimes as frequently as once a week, even if they weren't sick, because enemas were believed to be good for your health. The theory was, everyone needs to clean out their system frequently, to get rid of toxins in the intestinal tract and colon that aren’t eliminated by regular bowel movements.  This idea that the colon is “dirty” is now rejected by most doctors, but there continue to be “alternative medicine” people who still believe that flushing out the system frequently is beneficial. Colonic irrigation is a popular procedure that can be had at a number of special clinics. These clinics routinely charge around $80 a session to hook you up to a machine that shoots about five gallons of water up your ass to clean you out, and they usually recommend that you commit to a series of colonics over a period of weeks, so that you can get really cleaned out.

I agree that the health benefits of colonics are rather dubious. Many years ago, I tried a colonic once, not because I believed it would be particularly beneficial, but because I thought it might be an interesting erotic experience. I was disappointed. At least for me, there is nothing erotic about being hooked up to a colonic irrigation machine in a clinical setting.  Plus, most colonic therapists (the people who administer colonics at these clinics) are women.  Big turn-off for a gay man like me.  If we were filming a porno movie and the therapist was a hot young guy, that might be different.  Otherwise, I won’t waste my money.  But, do some people find visiting these colonic clinics erotic?  I think probably, although they may not even be aware of it.  And there are no doubt “underground” places where the focus is sexual.  The legitimate, licensed clinics do not offer sex (at least, not openly!) but I’m sure you can find others that are sexual emporiums, offering erotic enemas, spankings, and other BDSM services. 

The masochistic aspect of the enema is often overlooked.  Enemas in the past were used as a form of punishment by some parents. The traditional so-called “punishment enema” was a two-quart enema of warm water with some Ivory soap added. This soapsuds enema caused cramping when administered, and the child was usually required to hold it for about ten minutes before being allowed to go to the bathroom.

While adults who received frequent enemas as children most probably did not enjoy them at the time (although there are exceptions) many enema enthusiasts believe that their childhood enema experiences were responsible for them developing a love of enemas in later life. An enema stimulates the anal areas of the body, and the prostrate in men if the enema is “high” (large) enough, and this can feel very erotic. But other aspects of the enema, such as the feeling of great fullness from a really high enema, and the relief when you expel the enema on the toilet, are also attractive to enema lovers. An enema can be both pleasurable and masochistic at the same time, and this seems to be one of its attractions. Some really like the cramping produced by a soapsuds enema. Although a soapsuds enema can be quite unpleasant, for some people it seems to be a way to get in touch with events in their childhood that they want to re-live.

Your First Enema

If you have never experienced an enema before and decide you want to give it a try, I suggest that you purchase some inexpensive enema equipment -- total cost probably $25 or less -- either from a drugstore or on the Internet. Really good enema equipment is more expensive, but you don't want to spend a lot of money until you determine that you really like enemas and want to do them regularly. And, before you attempt your first enema, read about how to do it here and from some of the Internet sources given below. While it's not all that complicated, a good understanding of the subject will make taking your first enema much easier. Enemas are an "acquired taste," so to speak, which is to say that, the first few times you try an enema, you may not like it, but after awhile, as you gain experience, you may find that it grows on you. So, I would encourage you to try enemas a few times, before you definitely decide they are not for you. 

The first thing to do is assemble the enema kit you have purchased.  There should be an enema bag, a rubber or plastic hose, a shutoff clamp, and a nozzle of some kind.  Connect the hose to the bag, then slip the shutoff clamp on to the hose.  Connect the nozzle to the other end of the hose.  Then, in the bathtub or sink, fill the enema bag partially with warm water and release the shutoff clamp, allowing water to flow through the hose.  When water is flowing freely, close the clamp and fill the bag to capacity.  This procedure is important!  You don’t want air in the hose, because it will cause bad cramps.  Experienced enema takers always “bleed the hose” before starting the enema.

After you have cleared the hose of air and filled up the bag, hang it next to your bed (covered with a rubber or plastic sheet for safety – there is always some water leakage), lay down on the bed, insert the colon tube or enema nozzle up your butt, turn on the enema to a slow flow, then relax as the water flows into your body. The feeling of the water flowing in and slowly filling you up can be very erotic. Most enema lovers like to take as much water as they can, until they feel uncomfortably full. For some people, this may be as much as a gallon or more of water, although the “standard” for most people seems to be about two quarts.  

Enemas and Safe Sex

Enema equipment can transmit serious diseases, including HIV. For this reason, I recommend you not share your enema equipment with others. It is difficult to completely clean and sterilize enema equipment. Soaking the equipment in a solution of one part Clorox to nine parts water is the easiest way to generally disinfect; however, it is virtually impossible to remove all fecal matter that collects inside an enema hose, colon tube or nozzle. Thus, even though equipment treated with a disinfectant may possibly be safe, the best way to ensure safety is for each enema recipient to use only his or her personal enema equipment. An added advantage of keeping to this policy is the fact that, because most people are fairly immune to bacteria that come from their own bodies, it's not necessary to seriously disinfect enema equipment that only you use. A simple rinse of the equipment with soap and hot water, followed by hanging it up to dry, suffices.

Enema Resources

David Barton-Jay's book The Enema As An Erotic Art And Its History is a "must read" for enema lovers. Beautiful photographs, tasteful presentation. Order directly from the author at

Bears Lair Forum is a friendly Internet BBS dedicated to enemas for men only. Both gay and strait men are welcome., a pansexual BBS, is also fun to join, and may be the largest enema BBS on the Internet.  You can converse with people there not only in English, but also in French and German if you know those languages. Also, check out, a new BBS for gay men.

The Enema FAQ has a lot of good enema information.  Also check out the rest of the web site (, a good source of general sex information.

It used to be hard to find good enema equipment. The stuff sold in drugstores is, in general, poorly manufactured and not well suited to the dedicated enema enthusiast. Now, however, there are companies on the Internet that sell excellent enema equipment by mail order.  These companies seem to have everything you need: four-quart enema bags, colon tubes, bardexes, syringes, enema soap -- even a hospital "IV" stand to hang your enema bag on next to the bed (see photo above). Expect to pay quite a lot for really good equipment. For example, a four-quart silicone enema bag (known as the Klystra bag) costs $125, but is the best bag you can buy. It lasts forever and, because it is transparent you can watch your enema as it goes in, which is a real turn-on, at least for me.

As to enema equipment suppliers, I recommend Optimal Health Network, a very reliable company with a good selection of enema equipment and related items; and Klystra, the company that makes the wonderful silicone bag described above.  Also, the folding feminine douche syringe (Item #26) shown in the photo above can be ordered from Cara Incorporated for only $10, plus shipping.  This yellow latex bag some guys find really sexy.

If you choose carefully, another source of enema equipment that may save you money is the eBay auctions site ( This site is a popular place to sell antique enema equipment -- some people collect this stuff!

Finally, be sure to read my other essay Experimenting With Alcohol in Enemas.  If you have ever thought of trying a wine enema, this article contains essential information you need to know before trying it!

[Updated June 2012]