When you start talking constipation, the same questions will often crop up.
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Let’s face it. Few of us look forward to discussing the state of our bowels. According to a recent survey, only seven in ten Canadians would be comfortable talking about their bowel movements with their doctor. That number goes down in relationships; only two in five would feel comfortable talking about it with their partner.
Embarrassment around one’s bowel habits isn’t just limited to talking about it. The same survey showed that one in four Canadians avoid going to the bathroom in while at the office. Since it’s really important to go when you feel the urge, this could worsen your constipation problem. As well, constipation could be a sign of a more serious medical issue, so you really do need to talk about it.
How can you increase your comfort level? It can help to keep in mind that doctors and nurses are familiar with the body’s processes and aren’t easily shocked or disgusted. They likely deal with all sorts of bowel issues on a regular basis, and have heard it all before.
Being direct, rather than vague and nonspecific, can help make your visit more productive when you bring up the subject with your doctor. Since doctors are often rushed, just get to the point and tell them you have a constipation problem.
Here are some other tips to get the most out of a visit to your doctor:
Admittedly, some of this advice is easier said than done. But remember, we all go to the bathroom and we all have problems from time to time. Usually constipation is nothing to be concerned about, but it could be a sign of an underlying medical problem that could get worse over time. However embarrassing it may be to talk about, it’s always worth getting it checked out.