7 December 2014

Bathmate Hydrodouche


Today I'm going to be looking at the new Hydrodouche system from Bathmate, the company behind the Hydromax penis pump that I reviewed last year. Douching isn't something I've really spoken about before on my blog, and it does tend to be a subject that divides people; some won't have anal sex without it, and some won't entertain the idea of using one at all. Like anything it's a practice that's perfectly safe in moderation, and I consider myself generally to be a fan, so when I was offered the opportunity to review this piece of kit I was happy to oblige.

Catch the review below.

The first thing that might strike you about the Hydrodouche is that despite its name it isn't really a douche as such - at least if you make the distinction between a douche and an enema, and I do. Generally speaking a douche is a device that uses just a small amount of water to flush out the rectum only, whereas an enema introduces water much deeper into the colon, and just looking at the various pieces of equipment that are included it's clear to me that the Hydrodouche falls more readily into the bracket of an enema kit, so that's something to bear in mind.

Semantic discussions aside, what exactly comes included with the Hydrodouche system? Inside the box you get a variety of parts which require your assembly prior to first use. These consist of: an 8 1/2" long flexible rubber irrigation wand which is inserted into the body, a 600ml volume plastic chamber which acts as a water reservoir, a 2m (6 1/2ft) length of rubber tubing to connect the two, a flow regulating clip which attaches to the hose, a plastic bracket and woven strap to hang the Hydrodouche from a shower head, and a cloth carrying bag to store all of the parts in.

Assembling the Hydrodouche initially is incredibly straightforward, and pretty self-explanatory too, but they do include instructions just in case there's any doubt. You start by slipping the flow regulator over the hose, then you plug a plastic connector into each end of the hose allowing you to screw it onto the wand and the chamber, and finally you clip the plastic bracket onto the chamber and thread the strap through it.

With the system assembled the next thing to do is to mount it in your shower, which is as simple as clipping the strap over your shower head allowing the chamber to hang beneath it. The design allows for some flexibility depending on how exactly your shower is set up, and whether you have a fixed shower head or a moveable one, so you can find the most suitable place for you to hang it. I placed mine over the top of the shower riser rail and it held in place perfectly well. When it's mounted it's quite unobtrusive, and the object of the design appears to be to allow it to become a permanent fixture in your bathroom, always hanging there out of the way ready for whenever you wish to use it, and this is quite a convenient aspect, just so long as you don't share a bathroom with anyone who might question what it was.

Using the Hydrodouche is slightly different to using other douching systems because it uses a gravity-fed design. You start by filling the plastic chamber with warm water from the shower head, and then as soon as you open the flow regulating clip water will begin to travel down the hose under its own weight, and out the end of the wand. It will continue to do this until you close the clip again, meaning it operates on an on/off style system. The two most common douches you find on the market are the squeezable bulb style, and the syringe style, which both rely on you actively squirting a set quantity of water inside yourself, so it can take a little more of a learning curve with the Hydrodouche to adjust its constant flow and figure out how much water you want to use at a time.

The irrigating wand that comes with the Hydrodouche is substantially bigger than those that you find with other douches - both in length and thickness - and that's because it's designed to be used differently. It has a nice rounded end to help you insert it into the body, but with a circumference of 2 1/4" it's thicker than a finger so you're going to want a little lube to help get it in there, and nicely enough they include a small bottle of Give Lube in the kit. You can insert just the tip of the wand for your standard shallow douching experience if that's all you desire, or you can make use of the full 8 1/2" for the full enema that it was designed for. Once you've inserted the wand about 5 or 6 inches you'll hit the top of the rectum, and then by continuing to insert it further the flexible rubber will bend 90 degrees and pass through another sphincter into the sigmoid colon. Personally I don't engage in deep insertions all that often - I can count on one hand how many times I've managed to insert anything 8" into my body - so if you're not used to that then there can be a little discomfort in the process, but on the whole the wand does its job well and gets all the way in without much of a struggle.

One of the nice features of the Hydrodouche is that you get a steady flow rate of water as it drains out of the chamber, without it being too forceful. Some of the alternative enema systems involve attachments which replace the shower head and connect directly to the mains water supply, meaning you have to be careful with how much pressure you use. The fact that you can also see the chamber emptying is a useful indicator of how much water you have inside you, allowing you to prevent over-filling, something you can't do with other systems.

One of the downsides to shower-based douching systems is that you're never really sure what you're going to find when douching, and anything unexpected isn't as readily disposed of when it lands in a plug hole as when it lands in a toilet, so if you want to be on the safe side and not scrubbing your bath tub with bleach you may end up finding yourself taking a few trips back and forth between the shower and toilet, which takes away some of the convenience.

The other potential downside to the Hydrodouche is if you can't, or simply don't wish to, leave the system constantly hanging up in the shower, as altogether it is a little bulky and not entirely discreet to be carting around in its carrying case.

On the whole I have to say that the Hydrodouche is a very good system, but really it depends what exactly you want it for. For most people, I have to say, it's probably overkill. For regular anal sex, or butt plug play, you really don't need a piece of kit that can inject 600ml of water 9" deep into your colon. A regular compact douche that you can pick up for £5, and store away discreetly in a washbag, will do the job of flushing out your rectum a couple of times just as well. For serious anal players though, people who like deep anal insertions, and elbow-deep fisting, then the Hydrodouche is going to be an invaluable tool, and well worth the £100 price tag, allowing you to achieve great depths of cleanliness. For those people it's something I'd happy recommend, because it's a high quality piece of equipment.

Thanks to Bathmate for sending it to me to review. You can buy the Hydrodouche from them.

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