Advertisement

Why should I avoid straining during bowel movements?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Don't strain with bowel movements. Years of forcing can weaken a man's or a woman's pelvic floor muscles. Even when you have regular bowel movements, if your stools are frequently hard or take considerable effort to pass, you have constipation and could benefit from medical advice. In a study involving people ages 65 and older, treating constipation improved a variety of urinary symptoms, including frequency, urgency, and burning. Increasing the fiber in your diet and drinking adequate fluids can help prevent constipation.

Continue Learning about Digestive Health

Why Your Colon Loves Winter
Why Your Colon Loves Winter
Here's a great reason to celebrate colder weather and shorter days: They usher in visits from a family that brings color to your dinners and good tidi...
Read More
What are the symptoms of gallbladder disease?
Fawcett Memorial HospitalFawcett Memorial Hospital
The main symptom of chronic (long-term) gallbladder disease is pain in the upper right part of your ...
More Answers
When Bloating May Be Something Serious
When Bloating May Be Something SeriousWhen Bloating May Be Something SeriousWhen Bloating May Be Something SeriousWhen Bloating May Be Something Serious
Seven serious conditions that cause bloating.
Start Slideshow
Is Poor Digestion a Common Complaint Among MS Patients?
Is Poor Digestion a Common Complaint Among MS Patients?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.