How to insert a rectal suppository

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How to insert a rectal suppository
Insert a Rectal Suppository

For millions of people, medical problems such as an impacted colon require the insertion of a rectal suppository. While not difficult, this process provides some discomfort. Most medical professionals recommend a lubricated glycerin suppository for easier insertion. The entire process takes about 20 to 25 minutes from preparation to the completion of the bowel movement.

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Things you need

  • Glycerin suppository
  • Soap and Warm water
  • Rubber or latex gloves (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands thoroughly in hot, soapy water. If you wish to wear a pair of gloves, put them on immediately after washing your hands. Make sure that you use a clean pair of gloves.

  2. 2

    Open the package of the glycerin suppository. Keep the suppository in the package until you are ready to use it.

  3. 3

    Position yourself comfortably either sitting or laying on your right side. Make sure that you can easily reach your rectum.

  4. 4

    Take the suppository out of its package and hold it between your thumb and middle finger, with the tapered end facing away from the palm of your hand. The tip of your index finger should rest on the flat end of the suppository.

  5. 5

    Place the tapered end of the suppository on your rectum. Gently push the suppository with your index finger into the rectal opening. Continue pushing it until your index finger clears the sphincter, then remove your index finger, leaving the suppository in. If you do not insert it far enough, the suppository slides back out.

  6. 6

    Tighten your sphincter muscle to hold the suppository in place. Sit or lay still for approximately 15 minutes to allow the suppository to work.

  7. 7

    Clean your hands after your bowel movement in hot, soapy water.

Tips and warnings

  • While you may sit down and insert the suppository, for best results, you should lay on your left side. Because the colon leads to the rectum from the left, it also allows gravity to help with the bowel movement.
  • If you do not use a lubricated suppository, lubricate it with a water-based lubricant. Do not use Vaseline.
  • Some people find it easier to insert the suppository base side first. If this is more comfortable for you, it will not change the effect of the suppository.
  • Consult a doctor before using any type of medication.

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