Questions & answers
Q: How does Peristeen® work?
A: Peristeen works by introducing water into the bowel using a rectal catheter. The water stimulates the bowel and flushes out the stool, leaving the lower half of the bowel empty. It is important to do it regularly to prevent constipation and the risk of bowel accidents.
Q: Where can I get Peristeen®?
A: In order to use Peristeen, you need to get a prescription from your GP or nurse. You must also always consult an experienced specialist healthcare professional before starting up the irrigation procedure and you must receive thorough instruction from a healthcare professional before using this product.
Q: How often should I irrigate?
A: Most people start with irrigating every day. It takes approximately 4-12 weeks to establish a regular routine. Once you have an established routine, irrigating every other day may work well. With time and practice you will find out what works best for you. It is important to remember to irrigate regularly to prevent constipation and minimise the risk of bowel accidents. Always ask your doctor or nurse for advice.
Q: What time of the day is best for irrigating?
A: Try to get into a routine where you irrigate around the same time of the day. Eating and drinking helps the bowel’s natural movement, so about 30 minutes after a meal is a good time. But do not be afraid to change the routine slightly to suit your day-to-day routine.
Q: Can I travel with Peristeen®?
A: Yes – remember to bring your Peristeen® system, along with lots of disposable catheters as they may not sell them everywhere. If you are going to use the system abroad, use bottled or cooled boiled water in places where the tap water is not safe to drink. Remember in different time zones your body may take a while to get used to a new routine. You may also be eating different types of food, which can affect the bowels.