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Why should I avoid holding off a bowel movement for too long?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Sometimes you just can't move your bowels when you need to. In this video, Dr. Oz talks about what happens in your colon if you don't use the bathroom when you feel the initial urge.

Dr. Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD
Colorectal Surgeon

Delaying a bowel movement for extended periods of time can lead to stretching of the rectum, which is called megarectum. This can lead to obstructive defecation, where you feel like you can't evacuate your bowels completely, even if you strain.

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