A sitz bath is a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the perineum, which is the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum. A sitz bath can also provide relief from pain or itching in the genital area.
You can give yourself a sitz bath in your bathtub or with a Nanna Dark Sitz Basin kit that fits over your toilet. This kit is a round, shallow basin that often comes with a plastic bag that has long tubing on the end or a plain one with a squirt bottle for direct application. The bag or squirt bottle is to be filled with herbal sitz (after steeped in )warm to hot water that you can withstand and used to safely fill the bath via the tubing. The basin is slightly larger in size than a standard toilet bowl so it can be easily and securely placed underneath the toilet seat to allow you to remain seated while taking a sitz bath.
Sitz Soak can also be completed by fully emerging in bath tub to cover entire body to help with relieving achy muscles and congestion.
Children should always be supervised when using any type of sitz at all
Herbal Sitz Usage
Herbal Sitz over basin may be used 2-4x a day. Sitz pack should not be reused or stored as it is automatically contaminated with your own bodily fluids and discharge
of any type.
If using for genital areas with or without surgery or for afterbirth please ensure basin is always cleaned out thoroughly before and after each use.
Basin will experience normal wear and tear. If you see this, please discard and purchase another one to avoid bacteria from building in any cracks or scratches.
Basins should not be shared with anyone.
Directions for Sitz
(Taking a sitz bath using a kit)
A plastic sitz bath kit fits over the toilet. Rinse the bath kit with clean water before using it. Then, add very warm — but not hot — water along with any medications or solutions recommended by your doctor.
Place the sitz bath into the open toilet.
Test it by trying to move it from side to side to ensure it will stay in place and won’t shift.
You can pour warm water in before you sit down, or you can use the plastic bag and tubing to fill the tub with water after you’ve sat down. The water should be deep enough so that it covers your perineum.
Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. If you used the plastic bag, you can add warm water as the original water cools. Most sitz baths have a vent that prevents water from overflowing. The water conveniently overflows into the toilet and can be flushed.
When you’re finished, stand up and pat the area dry with a clean cotton towel.
Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area when you do this.
Get the sitz bath ready for its next use by cleaning it thoroughly.
Many kits come with cleaning instructions and solutions. If your kit doesn’t come with those, you can clean your sitz bath by scrubbing it with 2 tablespoons of bleach, mixed with 1/2 gallon of hot water. Once you’ve scrubbed your bath, rinse it thoroughly.
Although there are no guidelines for when to replace your sitz bath, always check it for signs of cracking or weakened areas before and after use.
Risk Factors and Aftercare
A sitz bath carries very little risk of harm because it’s a noninvasive treatment. The most common adverse event associated with sitz baths is infection of the perineum, but this rarely occurs. This may happen if you’re caring for a surgical wound and don’t clean the
tub or plastic bath thoroughly.
Stop using sitz baths and contact your doctor if the pain or itching worsens, or if your perineum becomes red and puffy. Stop using sitz if you see no benefits.
If sitz baths bring you relief, your doctor will probably recommend taking three or four per day until the source of the itching, irritation, or pain is healed. After you’ve had a sitz bath, you may immediately return to normal activities unless your doctor has told you otherwise.