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 be used for everyday personal hygiene. It can also provide relief from pain or itching in the genital area.
A sitz bath doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription. Some people use sitz baths regularly as a way to cleanse the perineum. In addition to its use in cleansing, the sitz bath’s warm water increases blood flow to the perineal area. This can promote faster healing. A sitz bath also relieves itching, irritation, and minor pain.
Common reasons why you might want to consider using a sitz bath include:
You recently had surgery on the vulva or vagina.
You’ve recently given birth.
You recently had hemorrhoids surgically removed.
You have discomfort from hemorrhoids.
You have discomfort with bowel movements.
Both children and adults can use sitz baths. Parents should always supervise their children during a sitz bath