Klismaphilia (sometimes spelled Klysmaphilia) describes those who are sexually aroused by the introduction of liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus. It is a paraphilia that often involves the use of enemas. Dr. Joanne Denko , an early investigator of the fetish, coined the term klismaphilia in 1973 to describe the activities of some of her patients.
Klismaphiliacs can gain satisfaction through enema fantasies, by actually receiving one, or through the process of eliminating steps to receiving one.
Klismaphilia is practiced by both men and women. However, as with most paraphilias, men are more likely to be klismaphiliacs. They may also gain pleasure from a large, water distended belly or the feeling of internal pressure.
Often, klismaphiliacs report discovering these desires after a chance administration of an enema sometime in their childhood, but others report discovering these feelings later on.
Klismaphilia is practiced both heterosexually and homosexually. The paraphilia may be used as a substitute or as an auxiliary by its practitioners for genital sexual activity.
Usually, klismaphiliacs engage in their deviant behaviour secretly. Klismaphiliacs may also try to get others to administer enemas under the pretense of being constipated. If this is the case they will probably try to conceal the pleasure they receive from these administrations.
Klismaphilics are rarely ‘treated’ for their condition, since most have no desire to be “cured”. Health treatment for klismaphilia is typically only focused on ensuring the techniques employed and chemicals used are not harmful to the practitioner. In certain cases cramps produced by the chemicals used in enemas have led to hospitalisations, in some instances the effects can even be life-threatening.