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Hard to have a bowel movement

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Samach
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 51 years experience
Yes: Hormones can have effects on bowel movements. You should take extra fiber and water the week before.

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Longer, more turns: A "redundant colon" means the dr found it to be longer than usual with more twists and turns. Typically we think that the redundancy is because of pr... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Savoy
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Need to see MD: Difficulty having a bm could be anything from constipation to cancer. The associated symptoms of pain and weight loss shouldnt be taken lightly. I su... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
It's normal: It's normal to have bowel movement once per day in the morning. If it's hard for you to do that, eating more fruits and vegetables, consume more fiber... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Gromisch
39 years experience
Constipation: Sounds like colonic spasms secondary to constipation. I would recommend a stool softener and increase your daily intake of water.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Did you ask her to?: You're describing anal fissures--please see the many excellent HealthTap answers on the subject. If your risk for anal herpes is substantial, please ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mila McManus
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Probably: Sounds like a possible hemorrhoid or fissure. Besides these, u can have blood from infection or inflammation or cancer. It would still be good idea ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 36 years experience
Fiber& probiotic: You shouldn't have a hard stool if your gut works normally. Add a potent probiotic and a blended soluble/insoluble fiber like pure encapsulations pure... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
IBS: Possibly irritable bowel syndrome with constipation predominant symptoms. Please work with your physician to optimize bowel movements and rule out oth... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Constipation can cause mucus in stool. You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For ... Read More