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Saline or mineral oil enema before anal sex?

Saline or mineral oil enema before anal sex?

Either is good: Either emema is good to have a clean anal canal and rectum, be sure to wash up with soap and warm water after the enema. ...Read more

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Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more


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What is the difference between using a saline vs mineral oil enema?

What is the difference between using a saline vs mineral oil enema?

Small difference: If the enema for cleansing the anal canal and the lower rectum both work well. If the purpose is to cure constipation, they work differently, the mineral oil helps the hard stool pass thruough the asus by librication, the saline enema tries to break the stool and liquidate it. ...Read more

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Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

Enemas oil based/sal: Saline enemas loosen stool and stimulate bowel movement.If used frequently these can cause hypocalcemia and hyperphosptemia.It is effective in severly constipated with/ without stool retention.Mineral oil enemas are used in patients who are impacted with stools so hard and large causing obstruction, and is used as retention enema, if patient is able to retain overnite follwed by manual disimpaction. ...Read more

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I was wondering are mineral oil enema as effective at saline enemas?

Yes: Mineral oil enema is more helpful if you are constipated for few days, it eases up passing the hard stools. ...Read more

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If I was to administer a mineral oil enema, how much should I use?

I would: use the fleet brand of enema or the drug store version which is generally 6-8 ounces. Be sure to be lying down on your left side with feet elevated above hips and try to hold enema for 30 minutes or as long as you can. You can repeat if no results in 6 hours. IF that doesn't work you need an exam to be sure your problem is constipation and not something else ...Read more

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How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema?

How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema?

Simple!: Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and stimulate the rectum to help evacuate stool. Fleet's enemas are made from sodium phosphates, and the salt load stimulates the bowel to secrete fluid causing a diarrhea effect. Fleets are a few ounces as opposed to mineral oil which is 2 quarts. ...Read more

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I had hemorrhoidectomy last week. can anything help me heal faster, like mineral oil enema, Prep H suppository (phenylephrine) or a certain ointment?

Sitz baths: Usually, warm water with Epsom salts or something similar are used to help healing after hemorrhoidectomy. This is placed in a small basin, and tou soak your anus in it. Best to call your surgeon for their specific recommendations. Hope this helps, and that you get well soon! ...Read more

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Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more


Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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