How to Prep for a Colonoscopy as Painlessly as Possible

If your upcoming list of appointments includes a colonoscopy, a test in which a colonoscope is threaded through the rectum and the length of the colon, along with a light and a digital camera, so that your doctor can look for precancerous abnormalities, you may be … dreading it.

And the part you may dread the most is not the test itself, for which most people are put to sleep with light sedation, but the notorious lead-up, which involves drinking a bowel preparation designed to clean out your colon the day before the test , along with nothing else but a clear liquid diet.

While few people have ever considered it at all fun to prep for a colonoscopy, there are ways to make it more bearable — and the screening test more successful — even before you begin chugging the prep.

We asked an array of experts for advice. Here’s what they told us.

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