A sitz bath (also called a hip bath) is a type of bath in which only the hips and buttocks are soaked in water. Its name comes from the German word “sitzenbad”. “sitzen,” meaning “to sit” and “bad” means “bath.”
3-4 inches of water is taken in a plastic tub of optimum size. One should sit in such way that the perineum (the space between the anus and vulva or scrotum) and buttock are dipped into the water. The legs willremain outside the tub. The special device which fits into the toilet bowl is also used for this purpose.
Wound infection may occur if the plastic tub is not cleaned properly.
Some individuals may experience sweating and vertigo during sitz bath, they should immediately discontinue the bath and take rest in horizontal position in a comfortably cold and airy room for a while and consult a doctor.