Conditions for women bowel problems
Lots of people strain to empty the bowel thinking its normal. Lots of people just don’t go for days and days and know this is not normal but don’t know what to do about it! It is not normal to have to strain and straining will weaken pelvic floor over time. A normal bowel will tell you it needs to empty at an appropriate time, it will be as often as 3 times a day or as little as every third day. You will be able to sit, relax, and the bowel will empty itself. You will feel empty and satisfied that all is well. It will be easy to wipe up and finish. If this is not the case and you are bothered, seek help with us.
Functional gut disorders/ IBS
This is a range of problems affecting the gut. Irritable Bowel Syndrome or “IBS” is a very common functional gut disorder. The usual symptoms are fluctuating stool (poo) type from hard to soft causing constipation to diarrhoea sometimes in one day. Painful abdominal bloating is often present prior to emptying the bowel. Your gut may be sensitive to certain foods and many people are sent to a Dietician to do a special “FODMAP” diet which eliminates certain food types to allow the poor gut to calm down, become comfortable and work properly again. We help people with these problems firstly to understand whats going on, and secondly to manage the urgency and frequency of diarrhoea or the difficulty emptying with constipation.
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