Increased Dietary Fiber May Improve Constipation Conditions With Pelvic Floor Disorder
The pelvic floor includes muscles and ligaments that hold up the pelvic organs. The bladder, uterus, and rectum are supported by this structure. If the pelvic floor is weakened or damaged, these organs can become misplaced, causing problems such as
Researchers from the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis examined the effect of a
About the Study
The study was a small prospective
- Abdominal, rectal, and stool symptoms
- Scores in straining and the feeling of incomplete emptying
- Average number of weekly bowel movements
- Frequency of laxative use
- Vaginal and/or perineal splinting
How Does This Affect You?
Constipation is uncomfortable and can also cause more serious problems. Some medications that are designed to relieve the problem can cause other problems. Dietary fiber is well known as a natural solution to decrease constipation. However, if fiber is increased too fast it can cause bloating and gas. Gradually add fiber to your diet. Look for whole-grain products to replace white products and look for cereals with fiber.
National Institutes of Health
The National Women's Health Information Center
Shariati A, Maceda JS, Hale DS. High-fiber diet for treatment of constipation in women with pelvic floor disorders. Obstet Gynecol . 2008 Apr;111(4):908-13.
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