Remember this series of blogs relates to a talk I did for the public a few weeks ago and Part 4 of the 5 Step Plan is all about bowels.
Bowels Bring Down Prolapse (and cause failure of operations): WHY?
- Never taught correctly as a child how to defaecate
- Bad habits- stool wrong consistency, always strains or leans back to defaecate (can be equivalent of having a little baby every day!); dyssynergia – a lack of coordination between the external anal sphincter and one of the pelvic floor muscles (pubo-rectalis) so the anus tightens instead of releasing the stool.
- Birth Damage: Weak pelvic floor muscles (nerve damage); Levator Avulsion leading to ballooning of vaginal hiatus during defaecation-resistance from PF to enable effective defaecation lost
- Too much mobility of the perineal body (between the vagina and the anus)-lack of support, short perineal body.
- Respond to first urge, don’t defer.
- Use correct posture
- Relax your tummy.
- Gently further bulge your abdominal wall.
- This action opens and relaxes the anal sphincter.
- NEVER STRAIN!
So to help manage your prolapse well, get your bowels in order!
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