In common with a significant number of small children it seems, I was inclined towards constipation. There is help out there now for parents who are worried about it thank goodness, beyond the Senna Tea & a variety of “Jollops” that I was subjected to off & on.
Over the years, I have frankly, continued to suffer from time to time.
After I became a nurse, I developed a better understanding about the causes & the prevention of constipation my life was less blighted – but I still have had difficulties if I have forgotten or been too lazy or busy to manage it properly.
There are however, other factors, which can upset the equilibrium of this vital piece of equipment.
In the case of some women (myself included) what is happening in their wombs, can have a direct effect on their bowel as well as their bladder…
The gift of hindsight is, as they say, a wonderful thing.
Now I reflect, I realise that my gut tribulations actually worsened with the onset of puberty & over the subsequent years & while it wouldn’t be fair to attribute all to my womb, I do think that there was a connection.
I had significant problems with my periods from the outset, for the first few years I was flattened every time missing days from School & nothing seemed to help with the pain. Over time & several visits to the a number of GPs who repeatedly told me that it would A) Improve when I had a baby (myth) or B) Once I had gone through the Menopause it would stop – Great! ; I found ways to manage it: mostly.
I’m making the most of it, because come the Radiotherapy I will be thrown to the other end of the spectrum apparently, with diarrhoea amongst a number of other unavoidable consequences. !
Why am I sharing this with you Dear Reader?
Well, first of all: for adult women or female relatives who are suffering with heavy periods, periods that leave them floored for the first few days or heavy bleeding which results in “flooding” on to clothing or bedding, I want to say please don’t put up with any glib brush offs like I did.
For a few months keep a note of difficulties such as frequent trips to the loo because of constipation, diarrhoea or to pee, is there a pattern that fits around the time you are ovulating or menstruating? This “record” can be adapted if you are male or no longer have periods!
If so talk to a GP you trust & ask them to examine your lower abdomen (stomach), physical examinations seem to be becoming rarer, but it is important (you can tell a lot with touch when you know what you are doing!). Oh & don’t forget your “diary”!
Taking tablets, may be useful, however it won’t necessarily help if there is an internal (mechanical problem) which may need to investigated, so don’t be afraid to go back if you need to & discuss whether or not you would benefit from seeing a specialist.
Please don’t take any nonsense, because you don’t need to suffer in silence!
P.S I do hope you weren’t embarrassed – I couldn’t hear you blushing ;0@