What is a Mineral Oil Enema?

Mineral oil enemas are most commonly used for relieving constipation and can also be used for emptying the bowel in case of certain situations. Mineral oil enema is a lubricating laxative which prevents the over-absorption of moisture from the stool thus easing out constipation.

People who should avoid mineral enema:

  • People who are allergic to mineral oil should not use it.
  • People who have appendicitis or blockage in intestines
  • People who are bedridden

If you suffer from any of these problems, it recommended that you consult your doctor beforehand before performing the enema.

There are certain medical conditions which may conflict with mineral oil enema. Also, there are some medications which may counteract with this type of enema. So, before you get started with your first ever mineral enema make sure to discuss any underlying medical conditions or ongoing medications with your doctor to prevent any future complications.

How to perform a mineral oil enema:

  • The procedure of performing a mineral oil enema is just as same as any other type of enema.
  • To begin with, the mineral oil enema, lie down on your left side with your right knee bent.
  • Before inserting the enema tip into your colon, remove the protective cap. Use a steady pressure to insert the enema tip gently into the rectum. If you experience any type of pain, stop immediately. To make the insertion process a little better, it is recommended to use a lubricant such as petroleum jelly or coconut oil.
  • Now gently squeeze the enema content into the rectum. Once all the solution has been administered, pull out the enema nozzle and hold the solution for 10-12 minutes.
  • After the lapse of time, go to the toilet and evacuate the bowel. Make sure not to perform any enema procedure in the next 24 hours.
  • The best time to perform an enema session is at night when you are at home and don’t have to go out within the next few hours.

Some of the common side effects which come along mineral oil enema are as follow:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea




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