PELVIC FLOOR DYSSYNERGIA
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