How to Take a Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a warm, therapeutic bath used to heal and cleanse the area around the perineum (the space between the genitals and anus). It can be done in a bathtub or in a shallow basin that fits snugly over a toilet seat.

The sitz bath is an effective at-home treatment for conditions such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, prostatitis, genital herpes, and chronic constipation. It can also be used after childbirth to help heal tears from a vaginal delivery or for any surgery in the area.

How to Take a Sitz Bath

Pediatricians often recommend a sitz bath for children who have uncomfortable bowel movements or who have a rash or chafing in the perineal area.

Soaking in water warm water can help speed up the healing process. It boosts the blood flow to the affected area. It won't cure any condition, but it can help soothe the irritation. With a sitz bath, you can also gently clean any area too painful to touch.

This article provides detailed instructions for preparing a relaxing, healing sitz bath at home.