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A 27-year-old female asked:

I am not able to hve a bowel movement in public and i was curious what could be the effects of having to have a bm at 9am and not going till 7pm?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Harder stool: If you had the urge to go at 9am but don't go until 7pm that is 10 more hours for the stool to get harder as it sits there. Then it will be that much more difficult to pass the stool. You will need to take steps to keep the stool from getting hard, like taking fiber, extra water and consider adding generic miralax (polyethylene glycol).
Last updated Jan 19, 2014

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