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Enemas

If your medical professional has recommended that you use an enema kit at home, CVS can help you follow those instructions with ease. In this product selection, you'll find a diverse assortment of enemas, so you can browse the options and select the type that your health care provider recommends. You can complete your purchase online and have an enema kit delivered discreetly to your home.

What Is An Enema?

An enema is the term for a procedure where a large volume of liquid is inserted into the rectum. The purpose of an enema is to stimulate a bowel movement. Most enema kits come pre-mixed in a bottle for ease of use. The bottle typically has a lubricated tip to make it comfortable to insert into the anus. Once the enema is inserted, you squeeze the bottle to release the fluid. Then, you hold the fluid in until you feel the urge to move your bowels. Normally, this occurs within a few minutes.

At-Home Enema Kit

Medical professionals may recommend enemas for a number of reasons. They are often used to alleviate constipation when other over-the-counter treatments have failed to produce results. In addition, enemas may be used to address impacted stool. It may also be necessary to perform an enema at home to prepare for a medical procedure, such as a colonoscopy.

Types Of Enemas

There are three main types of enemas available on the market: saline, mineral oil, and bisacodyl. Saline enemas contain only saltwater and are the most basic type. Mineral oil may be added to enemas to lubricate stool, making it easier to pass. Bisacodyl enemas contain a stimulant laxative that causes the intestines to contract in order to assist with bowel movements. Your medical provider can help you decide which type of enema is right for you.

Enema Kit Safety Tips

Before using an enema to address constipation, you should consult your health care provider. Your medical provider may advise you to try a laxative prior to performing an enema at home or give you other instructions. The enema kit that you purchase will come with instructions for use. Be sure to read the directions carefully and to follow them closely to ensure best results. If you are using an enema to prepare for a medical procedure, your health care provider may give you additional instructions to follow. Most enema kits are designed for just one use and should be thrown away after you have completed the procedure. Reusing disposable enemas could pose a risk for injury or infection.

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