Bowel management plans are best when tailored specifically to your symptoms. WHRIA’s Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is able to discuss this with you.
Generally: Adequate fluid (1.5 – 2 litres/day) and dietary fibre (30 grams/day) intake are needed. Fibre supplements may also be useful e.g. Psyllium husks, Benefibre® and Metamucil® may be considered. A glass of warm water first thing on rising in the morning 10-15 minutes before food may help. Answer the first urge to open your bowels. Keep active. Try the following the posture below during defaecation. Repeated straining may damage the pelvic floor muscles which in turn can affect bladder and bowel control and may also lead to prolapse, where a pelvic organ bulges through the walls of the vagina.
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The Continence Foundation of Australia:
For a guide to appropriate stool type see the Bristol stool scale http://www.continence.org.au/pages/bristol-stool-chart.html
Sherin Jarvis, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW