What Is A Sitz Bath And When Should I Take One?

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Soothing Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the exterior areas of the reproductive organs and provides soothing relief from pain, irritation, or itching.

Common reasons why you might want use a Sitz bath

Surgery (e.g., hemorrhoids)
Recent childbirth
Frequent urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal illness or diarrhea
As part of your personal preventative hygiene regimen

While taking a sitz bath doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription, be sure to check with your health practitioner about how soon after a medical procedure you can safely take one. Your doctor might prescribe medication to add to the sitz bath, or recommend a naturopathic medical treatment to create a more soothing solution for tender areas.

How to Take a Sitz Bath

The bath can be done in your regular bathtub. Be sure to thoroughly clean the tub with an environmentally friendly (non-bleach) cleanser or a solution of vinegar and water (ask your health practitioner how to prepare).

Fill the tub with comfortably warm, not hot water.
Add medicine or doctor-recommended remedies to the water. Step into the tub. Sit for 15 to 20 minutes, with bent knees, allowing water to flow around your perineum.
When you get out of the bathtub, gently pat dry with a clean cotton towel. Don’t rub or scrub the perineum, as this may cause pain and irritation.
Finish by rinsing the bathtub thoroughly.

You can also choose to use a sitz kit, a mini tub placed over your toilet seat. Make sure it’s secure before you sit in it and the water is deep enough so the entire perineum is submerged. After 15-20 minutes, pat dry and follow the cleaning instructions that came with your kit.

If you have any questions about this procedure, contact your Naturopathic Medical Doctor at 801-486-4226 to get a complete health plan.

Resources

HealthLine.com “What is a Sitz Bath?” Accessed 13 July 2017: http://www.healthline.com/health/sitz-bath#risks-and-aftercare5

MacGill, M., “What are the benefits of a sitz bath?” posted Feb 2017: MedicalNewsToday.com Accessed 13 July 2017: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312033.php

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