Can I Pee With A Suppository In? (How Suppositories Work & Why You’d Need To Use One)

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Suppository medication helps quickly relieve symptoms when oral medicines are not successfully administered. For example, doctors consider suppository drugs if you have severe vomiting. Also, the medication gets administered in a localized area like the vagina, or urethra to aid in relieving constipation or treat internal hemorrhoids. Sometimes suppositories work in bringing down a fever quickly. It is advised to pee an hour after suppository medication or before you insert it in for effective absorption.

Suppositories define a type of medication that gets inserted into the rectum, vagina, or the urethra.

They come in conical or oval shapes and different sizes depending on where they go in. suppositories contain medication to treat various diseases and infections.

For women, these suppositories go in through the vagina, sometimes through the urethra of both men and women.

Most times, people wonder if they may pee with the suppositories in. it proves human to wonder since sometimes the suppository will be on the way where urine passes before coming out.

So, what causes the need for suppository medication?  

A nurse is providing his patient with a pack of suppositories to use at home

Suppositories contain medication targeted for several medical needs.

For example, they may include antibacterial medicines, pain relievers, and many more types of medication. But you get to use a suppository in cases of?

1. In cases of severe vomiting

Most of the time, you may vomit everything and not be in a position even to keep medication down.

When this happens, the drug needs to be administered through the rectum. This method will work best provided that you are not under diarrhea too.

Suppositories allow for the medication to dissolve and get absorbed through the rectum.

2. If they need to treat localized bacteria or infection

For cases of vaginal or urethra infections that need to get treated successfully, it may require that the drug gets administered in the localized area.

The suppository dissolves and delivers the medication to treat the infection.

Sometimes the medication also gets absorbed into the bloodstream through the vagina or urethra for continued medical purposes.

Vaginal suppositories help treat bacterial and fungal infections. You may also get a suppository to treat vaginal dryness during sexual intercourse.

A dry vagina that doesn’t lubricate leads to a painful sexual intercourse experience.

Most suppositories help with birth control too. This scenario often works for the morning after medication to prevent pregnancy.

3. When you need to administer drugs to the intestines

You will require suppositories to administer the drugs in the case of diseases like internal hemorrhoids and constipation.

This method of drug administration proves successful in administering medications and promoting successful recovery.

When treating the intestines or needing quick drug absorption, the rectal suppositories make a perfect choice.

These go through the anus into the rectum and deeper into the intestines. You need to insert them about an inch deep, and the absorption starts.

How do suppositories work?

The trick comes in due to the base surrounding the suppository drug. The base of the suppository contains cocoa or gelatin.

These substances allow for quick dissolving when they reach the internal body parts at warm temperatures. When they dissolve, they treat the underlying cause or get absorbed into the body.

It takes 10 to 45 minutes for suppositories to dissolve and get absorbed into the body. It will take approximately an hour for the medication to absorb into the bloodstream fully.

If it helps to make time pass, sleep a bit to rest and let the medication get absorbed.

Can I pee with a suppository in?

A woman is in the bathroom about to pee

It will depend on where the suppository gets inserted.

For example, peeing won’t be an issue if you have a rectal suppository. However, you should avoid peeing for some time to prevent some urine from going to your bottom and dissolve the medicine faster than it should.

The same case applies if you had the suppository inserted into your vagina.

Peeing might not remove the suppository since the urethra is a different opening from the vagina.

However, if urine gets to the vaginal opening, it may also contribute to faster dissolving than intended.

If you have the urethra suppositories intended to deliver medication to the bladder, you should not pee until the medicine gets fully absorbed.

The following list summarizes some scenarios when you may require using a suppository.

  • To treat vaginal infections
  • To treat internal hemorrhoids
  • In case of severe vomiting
  • To relieve constipation in infants


How do you know if a suppository is in? 

If it slides in successfully for about an inch or more, and if it doesn’t come back.

Why do suppositories not dissolve?

Have you tried dissolving suppository in water, and it didn’t dissolve? This medication strategy works with body heat. They will need body heat in the inner body organs to dissolve.

So, if it didn’t dissolve, it didn’t get deep enough to the desired area to start dissolving.

How long does a glycerin suppository take to dissolve?

Glycerin suppository helps with constipation. It comes in liquid form hence no need to dissolve. However, the coating will take up to 15 minutes to dissolve and let the glycerin out.

Do suppositories soften stool?

Yes, they do, especially glycerin suppositories, which help with constipation. Once they get into.

What’s the best time to pee after using a suppository?

Anytime really, just head to the bathroom to insert your suppository. After it’s in, you will need to wait around an hour before peeing.

How long does it take for the body to start taking a suppository?

A suppository starts to dissolve after it gets into the body. Within 15 minutes after inserting the suppository, it will have fully dissolved the base coat.

The body then starts taking it in. it may take up to 45 minutes for the suppository to get fully absorbed into the bloodstream.

How deep should a suppository go? 

Ensure the suppository goes ½ to 3 inches into the rectum or vagina. This depth depends on the age of the patient.

For infants, it goes ½ an inch into the rectum. It goes up to 2 inches for toddlers, while for adults, it may go up to 3 inches into the rectum. It should go past the sphincter muscles to prevent it from popping out.


If you have to use a suppository, you should pee before inserting it in. this helps prevent fast dissolving in case of urine contact. Also, if you use a suppository in the urethra, peeing might wash out the medication before it works. 

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Nudrat Naheed
Hi, I am Nudrat, The Heart And Brain author, IR student, and painter. Writing about health fascinates me because it helps me to explore a new healthy routine and share it with others. I write primarily about general health, pregnancy, postpartum, and allergies here. If you don't find me writing, I'm busy painting or reading on global politics.

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