Constipation and Your Bladder

*Constipation is defined as having fewer than 3 stools per week.
*Dry hard stools, small stools, painful defecation, straining to defecate or incomplete defecation can also feel like    constipation.
*Constipation can contribute to urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, urinary retention and pelvic organ prolapse.
*Chronic constipation and straining to defecate may lead to nerve and muscle damage of the pelvic floor.
*Constipation must be addressed in the treatment of bladder disorders such as recurrent bladder infections, urinary incontinence, urinary retention and pelvic organ prolapse.
*Avoid the chronic use of laxatives and enemas because your bowel can become dependent upon them.
*Things that are helpful and promote healthy bowel function: sufficient dietary fiber, sufficient water intake, sufficient physical activity and exercise.
*Probiotics are live microorganisms such as Lactobacillus that is found in the intestine and vagina naturally. When ingested, probiotics may improve the balance of the intestinal bacteria and improve bowel regularity.

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