A lot of guys are in the habit of douching before having anal sex. However whilst it is important to be concerned about hygiene, douching is not necessarily a healthy habit.

There have been some studies which show an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections through douching – perhaps because the normal mucous lining of the rectum is washed away, also the chemicals contained in some commercial douches are quite irritating to the lining of the rectum and may damage it. Regular douching can also lead to you having difficulty emptying your bowel naturally – in other words your body can end up relying on douching to be able to pass a bowel motion.


It is a myth that the rectum is always full of faeces. In fact, in healthy people who eat plenty of fibre and don’t suffer from constipation, the rectum usually remains empty until just before you get the feeling that you need to go. So, in between bowel motions, your rectum is probably clean.

So how do you get clean before having sex?

Have a shower, wash around and just inside the anus with your fingers using warm water (no soap as it is irritating to the delicate tissue there) and you’re ready. No fancy equipment needed!