The inability to relax and coordinate your pelvic floor muscles to have a bowel movement is known as pelvic floor dysfunction. It can also be the inability to control gas or hold in stool. If you have pelvic floor dysfunction, you may feel:
- A sense of incompleteness during a bowel movement;
- A feeling of rectal fullness or blockage;
- The sensation that you cannot fully empty your bowels;
- A need to take a deep breath or bear down to start a bowel movement;
- Straining during a bowel movement;
- Pain with bowel movements;
- The leakage of stool or gas.
The symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary depending on the type of dysfunction you have. However, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Urinary incontinence;
- Fecal incontinence;
- Pain during sex;
- Lower back pain;
- Pelvic pain.
There are several things you can do to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may need to see a doctor or pelvic floor physical therapist. read more