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Enema illustration by Jim Black (Luc Lafnet) for the novel Sous la tutelle by René-Michel Desergy.
Enema and douche syringe.

Klismaphilia (from klisma=clyster and philia=love for, sometimes spelled klysmaphilia) is a paraphilia about the giving and/or receiving of enemas. An enema fetishist is called a klismaphile. The paraphilia was already well-documented in the 19th century, but the term klismaphilia is relatively young, it was coined in 1973 by Dr. Joanne Denko.

Enemas can have a sexually stimulating effect. In males, they will cause direct pressure on the prostate and seminal vesicles, as well as stimulate the rectal stretch receptors. Klismaphilia can be seen as a special case of medical fetishism.

John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943), the co-inventor of corn flakes, is by some considered a "textbook case of klismaphilia" as he was obsessive about administering enemas to himself and his patients. However on the other hand he was also a great fighter against the sex drive, so it is questionable if his obsession with enemas was really a paraphilia.


Klismaphiles have expertise in and curiosity about everything to do with that topic, such as:

For safety warnings with this kind of play, see the article enema.

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