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Why is it bad for you to hold bowel movements?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Stool retainer

Voluntary stool retention, when a repeated habit, may result in hard, dessicated stool that is painful & difficult to evacuate, promoting a vicious cycle of further stool retention to avoid pain.
Other consequences: anal fissures, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, stercoral ulcer in the rectum, overflow incontinence around a stool plug, colonic distension with reduced tone, sphincter dysfunction, more.

In brief: Stool retainer

Voluntary stool retention, when a repeated habit, may result in hard, dessicated stool that is painful & difficult to evacuate, promoting a vicious cycle of further stool retention to avoid pain.
Other consequences: anal fissures, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, stercoral ulcer in the rectum, overflow incontinence around a stool plug, colonic distension with reduced tone, sphincter dysfunction, more.
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