Sitz Baths


 

What is a Sitz Bath?

A soothing, cleansing and healing soak or immersion of your perianal/pelvic/rectal area in clean warm water. Additives or salts are not recommended. You may use your own bathtub or you may purchase a special basin for the toilet called a “Sitz Bath”.

How do I do a Sitz Bath?

  • You can do a Sitz bath 3 times a day for 10 minutes each time.
  • If you purchase a Sitz Bath basin:
  1. Please follow the instructions that come with the product to ensure proper use.
  2. Remove dressings or bandages, if any, from the area that you will be soaking.
  3. Use comfortably warm water to fill Sitz bath and follow instructions that come with product.
  4. When you are finished, pat the area dry and replace any dressings or bandages that you were ordered by your physician, if applicable.

How do I do a Sitz bath in my tub?

  1. Make sure there is a non-skid surface in the bottom of the tub.
  2. Make sure your bathtub is clean and washed before and after every use.
  3. Remove dressings or bandages, if any, before getting into the tub.
  4. Fill the bathtub halfway full with comfortably warm water.
  5. Sit in the tub with your knees bent. Add warm water as needed.
  6. When you are finished, pat the area dry and replace any dressings as ordered by your physician, if applicable.

Things to know:

  • Do not use a bathtub to do your sitz bath if you are feeling weak or dizzy, or if you have difficulty getting in and out of a low seated position.
  • Make sure the water is not too hot. Test a small area on your wrist under your palm, if that feels uncomfortable or too hot, allow water to cool until you are able to tolerate.
  • If you do not have access to a bathtub or a basin, you may also use a detachable showerhead and run the water over your perianal area. Without a detachable showerhead, this may be accomplished by letting water run down your backside in the shower, in a slightly bent over position.