5. Troubleshooting

No water has come out after my irrigation – what do I do?

First thing is don’t panic as this can sometimes happen in the early stages of rectal irrigation. Wait for a few more minutes, you can try coughing and massaging your abdomen, this can help to start the bowel moving. Sometimes you may be dehydrated and if the stool is hard the water will be able to soften it. Over time some of the water can be absorbed by the bowel but this is not instant absorption. If this persists, contact your healthcare professional as you may need to re-visit your regime.  

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