Enema Fetish Written by: Mistress Tracy, 02/15/2006
Enema Pleasures (Medical
Fetish Part 2)
William Lightbody: "Oh, no, no, no I can't eat 15 gallons of yoghurt."
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg: "Oh, it's not going in that end, Mr. Lightbody."
From Road to Wellville (Alan Parker, 1994)
The enema has an illustrious medical history, dating to Egypt as early as 1500
B.C. The myth says that Egyptians learned of the procedure from observing the
sacred Ibis, a bird that is reputed for saving people from plagues. The god
of medicine and science, Thoth, exposed the enema to a handful of priest-physicians
who were standing on the banks of the Nile. Thoth landed on the water in the
form of the sacred Ibis. Filling his beak with water, he injected it into his
anus to cleanse himself. Observing this,
the priest-doctors began to utilize the process, which became known as the Divine
Ancient Egypt is not the only place in history where the enema was practiced.
Traces of colon cleansing have been discovered in Central Africa, among primitive
tribes of the Amazon, and were written about extensively by Chang Tsung-Cheng
in the 10th century Sung Dynasty. The enema was known as a clyster through ancient
Roman times, and its popularity rose in the Court of King Louis XIV, who is
said to have received over 2,000 enemas in his lifetime. However, with the rise
of health disorders of the bowels and large intestines at that time, the enema
diminished in popular practice after the French Revolution, and rose again during
the 20th century.
While the history of the enema, particularly its use for therapeutic or medical
reasons, is far-reaching, figures such as Casanova and Cardinal Richelieu are
said to have been enthusiasts for much more pleasurable purposes. Dr. John Harvey
Kellogg, the inventor of the infamous cornflake cereal, is alleged to have been
a textbook example of the fetishist who not only performed it as part of his
daily ritual, but also replaced sexual intercourse with the enema. If he derived
any sexual pleasure from the procedure is not known, but it would be a defining
feature of enema eroticism, particularly where it concerns medical
Coined as a paraphilia in 1973, Dr. Joanne Denko distinguished enema fetishism
as klismaphelia. In studying one patient case, she identified
the routine of "inducing sexual pleasure from the enema as the inevitable
result of a pathogenic environment (using the enema as a behaviour modification
or form of punishment). This included excessive and prolonged administration
of enemas by the mother and orientation by both parents to the enema as a way
of life. A second case is quite different in that the practice developed only
in middle adult years, during a period of great stress, and then, apparently,
under the tutelage of a sexual partner2".
On one hand, Dr. Denko surmises that klismaphelia had developed from life experiences
and became an integrated part of her first patient's personality. In the second
case, she deduces that her patient's enema fetish was an accident whereby he
discovered his own sexual response to the enema and gradually slipped into a
klismaphiliac role to the exclusion of sex.
Dr. Denko's research is based on experiences with klismaphiliac individuals
in a clinical setting, but what about those who enjoy enema fetishism as part
of their sexual relationships?
In a paper for the American Journal of Psychotherapy, Jeremy Agnew describes
klismaphilia as meeting all the qualifications of anal masturbation particularly
because it can create an intense sexual response. "In the female, pressure
on the back of the vagina can stimulate the same set of nerves and produce the
same erotic experience as deep penetration of the rectum. The increasing pressure
caused by the filling and distension of the rectum as the enema solution is
injected causes pressure on these same nerves and sensitive stretch receptors,
and this produces a similar sexual sensation. In the male, the anterior wall
of the rectum is next to the prostate and seminal vesicles. Filling and dilating
the rectum with enema solution will cause direct pressure on these structures,
as well as causing stimulation of the rectal stretch receptors3."
It's certainly not difficult to see why people experience sexual excitement
from the enema, but often times, particularly among those who identify themselves
as fetishists, there is a lot more involved than the physiological response
of the body. In fact, some individuals enjoy the rituals
of preparing for and giving or receiving an enema, others find the sensations
or smell of the equipment to be a particular turn-on, and others find pleasure
among the power exchange in role-play surrounding the enema, roles that can
include the medical play of doctor/nurse and patient.
"On some occasions in my life, it's been incorporated into BDSM play in
a punishment/humiliation manner, but not often," said an enthusiast named
cymbidia, member of a BDSM online community. "For me, the allure is sensation,
fullness, and squeaky-clean cleanliness. It's another way to feel and a process
of cleaning myself, often in preparation for anal play, but just as often because
I like the sensations."
Since the enema is so closely related to feces, some might wrongly assume that
enthusiasts are also into scatological play. However, there's often little contact
between the players and excrement since the enema nozzle obstructs the release,
and when it's eventually removed the recipient, as cymbidia points out, often
hurries to discharge and more often than not they do so in private. "I
find the entire process erotic, quite frankly, except the releasing part, when
I really, really want to be alone. I don't do scat play at all. Whether with
a partner or alone, my fondness for enemas is almost always about the sensations
the process produces in me."
While the enema can elicit an intensely erotic physiological experience, some
people find the psychological aspects of enema to be just as powerful. Wizard
of Ass, who is the owner and webmaster of Enemas.com
suggests that it's more about the psychology than the paraphernalia, and that
there are many dimensions within and outside of medical play.
"Enemas have the distinctive appeal
to me in that they are the deepest form of probing. The water flows far deeper
than any finger, penis, dildo or speculum could ever reach,
hence the intimacy of probing someone so deeply is a huge part of the appeal
for me. Another appealing element is that of the embarrassment, or violation
of the recipient. Those elements have a definite draw because of the transgression
quality - a common theme in BDSM. Above and beyond all, I also like the nurturing
elements of giving someone a 'healing enema'. For example, lovingly rubbing
their belly in between enemas, or if they get cramps.
"Enemas, including in the form of medical play, can be a punishment or
a reward; they can be a violation or a loving treatment, or a combination of
some of those elements. It's all highly psychological, and the frame of mind,
especially the recipient's attitude, greatly affects the outcome. For example,
both in my personal life and in some of the 50+ movies I've produced, sometimes
enemas were meant as a punishment. But, hey, if the recipient happens to enjoy
them, then they are punishment no more!"
As with any medical fetish, there are safe methods and also irresponsible procedures
that can be dangerous for the recipient and have extreme consequences for the
administrator of the enema. For example, in February 2005, a Texas woman was
charged with criminally negligent homicide after she dispensed a sherry enema
to her husband, who subsequently died of poisoning from a .47 blood alcohol
level4. The problem with using substances such as alcohol during an enema scene
is that the alcohol is directly absorbed into the body much more rapidly than
if it were orally ingested. When drinking alcohol we are aware of our intake
and will possibly pass out before ever reaching a lethal toxicity. However,
during an enema it's much more difficult to gauge intake, particularly for a
submissive, until it's too late. As BDSM enthusiasts always emphasize, 'Safe,
sane and consensual' should always be a part of enema play.
"My advice for the beginner
is to start simple," writes A Wizard of Ass. "For starters, buy an
enema bag at your local store. Feel the water temperature with your elbow, which
is more sensitive than the hand. Preferences vary, but I think the optimal temperature
is when it feels a shade on the cool side - not cold."
When it comes to sex, the enema can be a sensational pleasure in sensual scenes;
it can be a form of excitement in doctor and patient psychological role-play
scenarios or a form of punishment and humiliation. In whatever way one enjoys
giving or receiving, the enema is just one aspect of medical fetishism, and
it's often regarded as medical due to the equipment used and the long history
of the enema as a medical procedure. However, as Wizard pointed out to me in
our interview, the role of the enema in sexual play can have a much broader
appeal. Certainly, everyone has their own unique experiences and preferences,
and where one individual enjoys the pleasures of klismaphilia, others are more
attracted to medical fetishes involving the speculum.
 Shealy CN. 1999. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Alternative Healing
Therapies. Dorset: Element Books Limited.
 Denko, Joanne D., MD. Klismaphilia-
Enema as Sexual preference. Enema Fun, 22 Oct. 2005.
 Agnew, Jeremy. Klismaphelia:
A physiological perspective. American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. XXXVI,
No. 4, 4 Oct. 1982. Speculum Pages, 22 Dec. 2005.
 Associated Press. Wife
of Texas man killed by sherry enema surrenders. 2, Feb. 2005. MSNBC, Internet
Broadcasting Systems Incorporated.
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