When I wrote my guide to anal douching back in 2014; I had no idea it would go on to be the most viewed article I have ever written. As of Nov’ 22 it is now sitting at 1.1 million page views. I am astonished. What’s even more surprising is that I haven’t reviewed many more ‘personal care’ products.
But in my defence, I had a douche that I was happy with and didn’t really see any reason to change. That’s until a mysterious package arrived at my door. When I opened it up, I was greeted by the familiar red branding of Aneros. Inside was the new Prelude Enema Bulb Kit. At first glance, it looked like your bog standard bulb douche; but as I would discover through use – this douche is a little bit more special and now is my absolute go-to when it comes to giving myself a little bit of a ‘freshen up’. It also means I can update our Douche Guide with a new recommendation! Hurray!
The Prelude is packaged very simply in a little box, and inside you’ll just find the 2 parts that make up your douche. It’s made from a velvety silicone and the bulb has a ‘pleated’ design, which aims to help you grip hold of the bulb (this will become important later). The nozzle (also made from silicone) features a depth backstop; ensuring you never insert too deeply (as this is often the biggest cause of douching-related problems). The nozzle also features a special ‘one-way’ flow – meaning that pesky suck back is no longer a problem. During use, the bulb can hold up to 10 fl.oz of water.
When I say the Prelude has revolutionised my cleansing routine, I’m not saying that lightly. This is now, hands down, my favourite douche and will be the only thing I reach for when I want peace of mind. To get set-up to use the Prelude; you’ll need to fill the bulb with warm water first. Remember, it’s important for the water to be just under body-temperature – too hot or too cold, you can cause yourself injury. Once the bulb is full, you need to carefully insert the nozzle into the bulb. Now, for me, personally – this was the only time I had a bit of an issue. It’s quite difficult to get the nozzle into the bulb without losing water. It’s a case of finessing, but I found a bit of lube on the opening in the bulb and on the nozzle helped make things a little smoother (and easier).
As always, douching needs to be done slowly and what’s unique about the Aneros Prelude is that it features a special slow-flow. As you squeeze the bulb, it introduces water into your colon slowly and comfortably. What can sometimes happen with douches like this, is if you squeeze too hard or too fast; you can trigger something called Peristalsis – this is a rhythmic muscular contraction of the colon and rectum. This can lead to discomfort and trigger additional bowel movements – which then leaves you in a more time-consuming and uncomfortable cleaning process.
Allowing the water to be introduced slowly means this cannot happen, and the little backstop on the nozzle also ensures you are not introducing water too deeply. I was about to take a bath, and with sexy times on the cards – I thought this would be a good time to give the Prelude a try. Insertion of the nozzle is very comfortable and the pleated design on the bulb does make it easy to grip. Now the first time I squeezed the bulb, I thought there was a problem. I couldn’t feel the water flowing in, and the bulb felt quite difficult to squeeze. Whilst I could feel the bulb slowly changing shape but I couldn’t really feel anything. So I carefully removed the nozzle and sat down on the toilet and then… Oh! It was working!
The one-way design also means the bulb doesn’t re-inflate if you let go – this is quite good for keeping track of how much water you have inserted. I could then reinsert and continue. My first time with the Prelude was a success. Each subsequent use, I’ve started to notice when the water is now filling me up. I was so used to the slight pressure sensation that a normal bulb douche gives me; it’s only now I realise how much I actually dislike that feeling!
Clean-up and Maintenance
The Prelude is 100% silicone so can be cleaned anyway you would clean your other silicone toys. The beauty of the Prelude is that because it has a one-way flow; it cannot suck water back into the bulb. So the main focus is to ensure the outside of the nozzle is thoroughly clean. I still like to ensure the inside of the nozzle is clean, so I’ve taken to using one of those little brushed you get with re-useable straws – but never have I found anything ‘untoward’ inside. For storage, you can just pop the nozzle upside in the douche and then I keep it in the bathroom cabinet ready for next time.
The Aneros Prelude Enema Bulb Kit is definitely special. What I like about it, is that it’s aimed for the folks that enjoy casual anal play. It’s simple to use, and very minimal in the mess department. If you are just wanting to ensure you are clean before whipping out your favourite prostate toy; it’s perfect. It’s more comfortable, and you are less prone to some of the unfortunate side-effects that can sometimes occur when cleansing.
What I appreciate is that Aneros have taken an ages old device, and with just a little bit of tweaking, created one of the most innovative personal care products I’ve seen (and used) in a long time. And that’s pretty cool.
Where to Buy
You can also pick it up from SheVibe
I would like to thank Aneros for sending us the Prelude Enema Bulb Kit free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links have been used in this post. If you wish to help support the blog, please consider making your purchases through these links. It helps pay the bills and allows me to continue providing you with new content! Thank you x
The Lowdown | Aneros Prelude Enema Bulb Kit
Pros: 100% body safe silicone, depth guard and one-way slow flow allows for comfortable cleansing
Cons: Can be a bit fiddly to set up and takes a little getting used to in terms of the lack of sensation!
Bottom Line: I do love everything about this douche; it’s gives me the confidence I need and ensures every douching experience is a pleasant one.