Soapy Enemas Help Gas and Bloating

I have IBS and constipation.  I've leaned toward constipation almost all of my life.  Now, in my forties, I need enemas to even have a BM.  My Dr. says that I am dependent on them.  I say that  I had rather use an old fashioned enema than a laxative, because I don't like the way laxatives make you feel nauseated and crampy for hours before you get some relief.

Like my Mother and Grandmother who used enemas all their life,   I use lots of soapsuds in the first one, and clear for the subsequent one.  Sometimes I will leave a bar of soap in the bag and shake it up.  The enema is very effective in producing cramps and good results.  I have lots of bloating and gas, (part of the IBS) and the soapsuds irritate the colon enough to push out the gas with the feces and water.  If you don't mind the tremendous farting, you can get rid of most of  it during the expulsion. 

The relief of constipation with gas and bloating after a large soapy enema is very therapeutic.

sjm042 sjm042
56-60, F
3 Responses Feb 12, 2010

No I haven't, I'm fixed on the same ones I've had all my life. Tried and true.

I am with the both of you,I suffer from lazy bowels,I must take an enema for a bm,soapy ones work the best,I always follow with a rinse enema,have either of you ever had a retention enema?

sjm, like you I have to take a soapy enema just to have a bowel movement. My Mom,Grandmother and Aunt all took soapsuds enemas as long as I can remember.<br />
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I can relate to sitting on the toilet and straining with no results. I finally went to a GI doctor who told me that a soapsuds enema would be fine, though they are "inconvenient". I take one every 2 or 3 days but I have to admit I've never left a bar of soap in the bag and shook it up. Seems that would be very stimulating, though! Don't you get alot of cramping with so much soap? Thanks for your reply.