Enema CultureIt is interesting to read the wide ranges of opinions on the simple enema. Some look at the procedure with fear and dread while some look at the procedure with anxious anticipation of constipation relief and/or sexual pleasure.
My opinion is that there are simply "enema" families out there and "non-enema" families out there. While the overt prevalence of them has decreased, i.e. you seldom see a big red rubber bag hanging behind the bathroom door anymore, I feel the two cultures are still there and still well defined. That is to say, enemas are still very popular, but methods have changed. The Fleets Enemas are still flying off the shelves and the traditional enema bag has become difficult to find, even in many drug stores.
For many of us the fondness of the simple enema began in early childhood, and had an immediate sexual connotation, but for others it became simply an acquired hygienic procedure for constipation relief and bowel maintenance acquired most times through family practices.
My personal observation is that enemas tend to be most popular among Americans with a northern European, Germanic/Jewish heritage (as is the case with me) but the truth is that the enema culture is wide-spread among the entire population. Like they say, "It is all in how you are raised."
I still have a fondness for the traditional large volume hot soapsuds enemas. It is interesting to note that even though these enemas have been discouraged by many in the healthcare community throughout the years, they still maintain a certain level of popularity. This includes many healthcare institutions as well as many private households. The reason for this is simple. A large volume hot soapsuds enema works! And it works fast! No taking the dose of MOM and waiting for 24-hours to see if, when, where, and how fast it will kick in and work. Life is full of surprises, but I do not want a bowel movement to be one of them!
I still continue to enjoy taking a large volume 2-3 quart hot soapsuds enema at least once or twice a week. My wife does not share my fondness for the enema but is fine with me taking them. Actually, I tease her about taking a laxative and say, "Doesn't that bother you not knowing when or where that will decide to work?" She just laughs and says she is pretty good at knowing how it works. She will occasionally resort to the enema bag but where it is her last choice, it is always my first. Her family never used enemas ... mine did.