Frequently Asked Questions

Why is rectal irrigation better than suppositories or manual evacuation?

Suppositories or manual evacuation can help to empty the very end of the bowel (the rectum) whereas rectal irrigation can empty the rectum plus the lower part of the bowel, so some people find they get better results with rectal irrigation. Used regularly, rectal irrigation can prevent faecal incontinence and relieve symptoms of constipation. It can reduce bloating and abdominal discomfort. It is easy and hygienic to use.

Rectal irrigation can be quicker to use and give predictable results.

You can choose when you want to empty your bowels, at a time that is convenient for you. By regaining control of your bowel movements, you will feel more confident.

Rectal irrigation doesn’t suit everyone so you will need an assessment by your healthcare professional first to see if it might be suitable.