Constipation is when you have difficulty passing stool, and it can happen for a variety of reasons, such as not getting enough fiber or water, taking certain medications, or even stress. It can also be a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. But did you know that your pelvic floor can play a role in constipation too?

Here’s how: when you strain to have a bowel movement, you’re putting a lot of pressure on your pelvic floor muscles. If those muscles are too tight or weak, it can make it harder to poop. Over time, this straining can lead to even more problems, like hemorrhoids or even pelvic organ prolapse.

What can you do to help your pelvic floor and alleviate constipation?

Well, first things first, make sure you’re getting enough fiber and water in your diet. This can help soften stool and make it easier to pass. You can also try doing pelvic floor exercises (aka Kegels) to help strengthen those muscles and make them more flexible. And if you’re still having trouble, don’t be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider – they can recommend other treatment options like stool softeners or laxatives and even pelvic floor therapy. 

Remember, constipation can be a pain in the you-know-what, but it’s not something you have to live with. By taking care of your pelvic floor and making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can keep things moving smoothly down there. 

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