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Why does holding in poop feel sluggish?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Stool retention

Voluntary stool retention, against a physiologic urge to defecate on a normal schedule, results in rectal and colonic distension, increases colonic mucus secretion, & makes stools harder and more dessicated which in turn may result in straining & a sense of incomplete evacuation when you do defecate.
Any of these physiologic responses may give you a sluggish sensation. Try to avoid this behavior.

In brief: Stool retention

Voluntary stool retention, against a physiologic urge to defecate on a normal schedule, results in rectal and colonic distension, increases colonic mucus secretion, & makes stools harder and more dessicated which in turn may result in straining & a sense of incomplete evacuation when you do defecate.
Any of these physiologic responses may give you a sluggish sensation. Try to avoid this behavior.
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