Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Are Regular Enemas Harmful?

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 10:00 AM

Question: I have a friend who has had constipation for many years. She now gives herself an enema three times a week. Is this dangerous?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Routine enema use is unwise. The bowel becomes enema dependent with regular enema use and that only sets the stage for complications later.

Advise your friend to have a colonoscopy screening for cancer, as changes in bowel habits can be an early symptom of cancer of the colon. Her primary care physician can also advise her on how to follow a high-fiber diet or refer her to a dietician, so that laxative and enema dependence can be minimized or avoided.

In the meantime, she should be sure that she is not using any medications that can cause constipation and consider a total health review with her doctor.

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Question: I have a friend who has had constipation for many years. She now gives herself an enema three times a week. Is this dangerous? Dr. Hibberd's answer: Routine enema use is unwise. The bowel becomes enema dependent with regular enema use and that only sets the stage...
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