How to Use Suppositories

You are not alone if you are asking, "What am I supposed to do with this thing?" Inserting a suppository isn't pleasant, but it can be fairly painless if done properly.


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You Will Need

  • Hand soap
  • Towel
  • Suppository


  1. Always follow the directions from your pharmacist or the manufacturer when using medication to avoid serious health problems.

  2. Step 1

    Use the restroom

    Use the restroom to empty your bowels and bladder if possible.

  3. Step 2

    Wash hands

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and dry with a towel.

  4. Step 3


    Unwrap the suppository.

  5. Suppositories melt with body heat to allow for absorption into the bloodstream. Do not hold it in your hand for too long or it will begin to melt and will be unusable.

  6. Step 4

    Squat or lie down

    Squat or lie down on your side bending one leg up and keeping the other leg straight out.

  7. Step 5


    Insert the suppository, pointed end first, gently. Push until it is completely inserted and squeeze your legs and buttocks together.

  8. Suppositories may be inserted rectally, vaginally, or in the urethra depending on their purpose. Be sure to read the directions to determine where your particular suppository should be inserted.

  9. Step 6

    Wash hands

    Wash your hands thoroughly.

  10. Step 7

    Lie down and rest

    Lie down and rest for up to 15 minutes to give the suppository time to be absorbed.

  11. Step 8

    Wait to use the restroom

    Wait to use the restroom for at least one hour after insertion.

  12. Suppositories are generally made of an oil medium such as glycerin, cocoa butter, or vegetable oil and mixed with medicine.