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:
- Please follow the instructions that come with the product to ensure proper use.
- Remove dressings or bandages, if any, from the area that you will be soaking.
- Use comfortably warm water to fill Sitz bath and follow instructions that come with product.
- 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?
- Make sure there is a non-skid surface in the bottom of the tub.
- Make sure your bathtub is clean and washed before and after every use.
- Remove dressings or bandages, if any, before getting into the tub.
- Fill the bathtub halfway full with comfortably warm water.
- Sit in the tub with your knees bent. Add warm water as needed.
- 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.