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Can constipation contribute to overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Constipation can lead to overactive bladder symptoms because your colon and bladder are next to each other in your body. When your colon is full, it presses your bladder and causes problems. The same happens when your rectum is full of stool; it disturbs your bladder and creates the sensation of urgency and frequency.

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