Men's Health (Singapore) - - HEALTH -

To suc­cess­fully evac­u­ate your bow­els, you must con­tract your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles while re­lax­ing your pelvic floor mus­cles, says Dr Spencer Dorn of the UNC Cen­ter for Func­tional GI & Motil­ity Dis­or­ders in the US.

But peo­ple with pelvic floor dyssner­gia can’t suc­cess­fully co­or­di­nate these ac­tiv­i­ties – they ei­ther don’t gen­er­ate enough ab­dom­i­nal force or they fail to re­lax their pelvis enough.

You end up strain­ing your anal sphinc­ter – which opens to dis­charge your waste – in­stead of re­lax­ing it, says Dr Schey. As a re­sult, the stool

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