Some really good hints up above. My husband holds them from 2 hrs to 4 hrs. Usually around 2 hrs due to gas requiring him to get up. By that time it appears most of it has absorbed and he definitely has improved with them.
I like the warming up part of it - I'll have to try that and see if it makes a difference.
He lays on his left side - I help administer - I let him insert while I support it due to the hemorrhoids and don't want to hurt him - when inserted I gently squeeze it in. It is such an awkward thing to do yourself so if you can have some assistance that may help.
If you have that tough a time then maybe that position might help in the beginning to try to get as much of it inserted and maybe it may stay in longer. Good luck - they do seem to help most people so try to stay with it.
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