Preparing for the flexible sigmoidoscopy
How to Give Yourself an Enema At Home
If this is the first time using an enema, don’t worry. Enemas are safe, gentle and surprisingly easy to use.
Most people find it convenient and comfortable to use the enema at home. By using the enema 1-2 hours before your appointment will ensure your bowel is empty before your test.
Instructions – How to use the enema
- Spread a towel on the bed where your bottom will be.
- Keeping the bottle upright, remove the cap and screw on the administration tub securely.
- Smear the lubricating jelly on the enema nozzle.
- Lie on your side with your knees drawn up.
- Pinch the tubing near to the bottle to stop the liquid leaking out.
- Gently insert nozzle (3 inches up to the disc) into your bottom.
- You will need to gently squirt the contents into your bottom.
- Remove the nozzle and remain lying down.
- Squeeze your bottom muscles as if to stop yourself going to the toilet for as long as possible
- Go to the toilet, but do not worry if you do not pass a motion.
- Stay near the toilet for the next hour.
- Some people may experience mild stomach cramps for a short while.
- Some people may feel faint or dizzy. If you feel faint please lie down until you feel better.
- The enema will have worked within the first hour or so you will have no problems travelling to the Biddlestone Health Centre.
The day of the flexible sigmoidoscopy:
- You may eat and drink as normal.
- Please do not bring valuables with you.
Please report to:
Biddlestone Road Health Centre, Biddlestone Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Before the procedure you will be seen by a qualified nurse and the Endoscopist and you will have the opportunity to discuss any problems or worries.
You will be asked to sign a consent form indicating that you understand the nature and risks of the procedure. The consent form is a legal document, therefore please read it carefully.