A sitz bath can help bring relief for people with pain, inflammation, swelling or irritation in the perineum, the space between rectum and vulva or scrotum.
It is a way of bathing the genitals that can help to relieve soreness, burning, and inflammation.
A sitz bath can be useful for people who have problems in the anal area such as hemorrhoids, or an infection in the anogenital area. It can provide relief and boost healing in women after vaginal childbirth.
It can also be used to cleanse the area around the anus and the genitals.
The term “sitz bath” comes from the German word for “seat.” A sitz bath is designed to sit in.
A sitz bath normally comes as a plastic kit that can be fitted to a standard toilet. It normally consists of a plastic bag, attached to a long tube, leading to a shallow plastic basin.
The bag is filled with warm water, and this used to fill the plastic basin. The basin is larger than the toilet seat. It is placed underneath and is securely attached.
The sitz bath should be half-filled with warm water at a comfortable temperature. The user can add extra water without having to get up, as the water cools. The extra water comes from the tube fed by the hot water bag. The bag is placed high up and adding water creates a whirlpool effect. A vent allows excess water to overflow into the toilet below.
It is important to wash the sitz bath thoroughly after use.
Sitz baths available in the United States start at around 10-20 dollars. They are easy to use at home by following the instructions.
A sitz bath can reduce inflammation, improve hygiene and promote blood flow to the anogenital area.
Common uses of the sitz bath include keeping the anus clean, reducing inflammation and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids, and healing perineal and vaginal lacerations after vaginal childbirth.
Common reasons to use a sitz bath include:
- Recent surgery in the anogenital area
- Discomfort from bowel movements, such as constipation or diarrhea
- Discomfort from hemorrhoids, especially if they push outside of the anus
- Following childbirth
Anal fissures can be painful, and they are formed by little tears inside the anus. They can result from constipation, diarrhea, and vaginal childbirth.
The vaginal opening surrounded by the labia lets out normal secretions and discharge that results from some health conditions.
It is important to keep the vaginal and anal area clean, as well as the skin in between, especially if there is an unusual discharge. Good hygiene can prevent infection and an unpleasant odor.
Using a sitz bath can help prevent infection, and, used with any prescribed medications, it can also help to relieve the symptoms of an infection.
Sometimes a discharge occurs because of a problem with the Bartholin’s glands.
These pea-sized glands produce fluid to lubricate the genitals during sexual activity. They are not usually noticeable and cannot be felt, but sometimes a noncancerous growth can develop in these glands.
The glands can become enlarged and painful, and an infection can occur. A sitz bath can relieve the symptoms of this condition and also of cysts that may develop in the area.
However, the main use of a sitz bath for women is to promote comfort and healing after childbirth.
A sitz bath can relieve any discomfort in the genital area and help reduce healing time after labor. The sitz bath can also help soothe hemorrhoids, which occur in some pregnant women and can also develop after giving birth, due to pushing during labor.
Anyone experiencing discomfort or an unusual discharge in the anogenital area should consult a doctor. People should not be embarrassed to ask about problems around the genital area or the anus.
Early treatment for minor problems reduces the risk of complications and further infection.