Hygiene is one of the main concerns when it comes to anal sex. To avoid embarrassing situations, many people adopt hygiene methods in this region, as is the case of the famous “chuca”.
Also known as an enema, the chuca is a cleansing technique that consists of introducing a small amount of water into the rectum and anus, with the aim of prevent the passage of feces during sexual intercourse. In some situations, chuca can also be adopted before some proctological procedures.
“Usually people do this for fear of getting dirty or of getting their partner dirty during the sexual act, which can cause embarrassment or some discomfort”, explains infectious disease specialist Vinicius Borges.
Despite being popular, chuca is seen with reservations in several aspects and its practice must be carried out with some care in order to avoid possible health risks.
To do the chuca safely, the first guideline is do not share equipment. Ideally, the person should have their own exclusive shower and always keep it sanitized before and after washing, if the material is not disposable.
Also, it is not necessary to use a lot of water in the process. To make the chuca, 150ml of water at room temperature is enough to clean and evacuate the feces present in the rectum. According to Vinícius, excess can accelerate intestinal transit — releasing more feces from other parts of the intestine.
“The anal canal measures around 3cm and the rectum around 14cm, totaling 17cm, and this is usually where penetration takes place. Therefore, thinking about the average size of the penis, there is no need to wash a larger extension than that”, adds the infectologist.
Among the materials, the most suitable are the hygienic showers, that can be both disposable and reusable. From the suction pump, the equipment can perform washing safely and in a water flow capable of being controlled.
In that context, the shower shower should not be used for internal cleaning, since it is not possible to control the pressure and the amount of water.
Never use a pet bottle or sharp objects as a substitute for showers. According to Aline Ambrósio, gynecologist and obstetrician at Saúde Minuto, the use of rigid and inappropriate materials can damage the inner lining of the intestine, leading to bleeding and infections.
There is no rule, but if the sucking is done before every act and the practice of anal sex is constant, washing can bring some health problems. As Vinícius explains, the frequency of sucking can remove the mucus that protects the intestine, causing the dryness of feces. Over time, the tendency is to become more and more dependent on washing to evacuate.
In these cases, an interesting tip is to know your own body and bowel habits. While some people go to the bathroom twice a day, others usually have a bowel movement every three days, for example. Knowing these particularities of the body, it is possible to program yourself before intercourse.
The practice of sucking is not mandatory or necessary before sexual intercourse, being something personal to each one. Being aware of your bowel habits, as already mentioned, is an interesting way to reduce or dispense with anal lavage.
According to Vinícius, normally the feces are concentrated in the sigmoid colon and, when they arrive in the rectum, the person will feel the urge to defecate. After a bowel movement, she would not need to perform a lavage, as the rectum will technically be empty. It is possible to use a shower head to only wash the remaining mucus externally.
“A diet rich in fiber, lots of water and exercise are the biggest allies for those who want to have anal sex, because by evacuating daily, you have greater control over the amount of accumulated feces and can evacuate when you want to have a relationship”, explains the infectious disease specialist. .
The main health risk of chuca involves sharing the equipment used during cleaning, which can cause Contamination.
“Sharing showers can transmit HPV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and even worms. So remember to have your individual and exclusive equipment. If there is bleeding, theoretically there can be transmission of HIV and hepatitis as well”, explains Vinícius.
In addition, improper performance can disrupt the functioning of the intestine and intestinal flora. With the wrong materials, it is possible to damage the mucosa of the rectum and cause bleeding and infections. Therefore, PET bottles and other objects should not be used for this purpose.
According to Aline Ambrósio, chuca is a technique that should be avoided by people who have an intestinal problem, such as chronic, inflammatory, or diverticula in this region of the intestine. The practice can cause a worsening of the condition and lead to other problems, such as hemorrhoidsanorectal diseases and anal fissures.
In the event of any symptoms that indicate lesions in the region, such as bleeding and itching, it is important to seek help from a specialist, who will be able to investigate the problem and indicate the best way to approach it. “Respect your body’s limits. Pain is not cool, getting hurt is not cool. With conscience, you will have pleasure and a lot of health”, concludes Vinícius.