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Why do I have to keep wiping after a bowel movement?

Why Do I Have To Keep Wiping After I Poop (1)

Bowel movements are an essential bodily function, yet for some individuals, the process doesn’t always end once they leave the bathroom. The need for repeated wiping after a bowel movement can be frustrating and concerning, impacting one’s daily life and causing discomfort. However, this common issue may have an underlying cause that can be addressed, often with the help of pelvic floor physical therapy (PT).

Why the Need for Continuous Wiping?

Various factors can contribute to the feeling of incomplete evacuation or the need for continuous wiping after a bowel movement. Here are some possible reasons:

1. Poor Bowel Movements: Inadequate bowel movements due to constipation or incomplete evacuation can leave residual stool, leading to the need for continued wiping.

2. Hemorrhoids or Anal Fissures: Conditions like hemorrhoids or anal fissures can cause irritation, itching, and difficulty in fully cleaning the anal area, resulting in the need for multiple wipes.

3. Muscle Dysfunction: Dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles, responsible for controlling bowel movements, can lead to difficulties in fully emptying the rectum.

4. Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele: Structural issues like rectal prolapse or rectocele, where the rectum protrudes or the rectal wall weakens, may cause challenges in complete evacuation.

Could Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Help?

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized treatment designed to address issues related to the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues in the pelvic region. It can be incredibly beneficial for individuals experiencing difficulties with bowel movements and persistent wiping after defecation. Here’s how:

1. Muscle Rehabilitation: Pelvic floor PT involves exercises and techniques to strengthen and rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. This can improve muscle control and coordination, aiding in better bowel movements and reducing the need for excessive wiping.

2. Education and Behavioral Modifications: Therapists educate individuals on proper bowel habits, including techniques for more effective evacuation and preventing constipation. These behavioral modifications can significantly reduce the need for continuous wiping.

3. Manual Techniques: Therapists may use hands-on techniques to release tension in the pelvic floor muscles, promoting relaxation and improved muscle function.

If you’re experiencing the need for continuous wiping after bowel movements, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional. A pelvic floor physical therapist can assess your symptoms, identify underlying causes, and recommend appropriate treatment. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be an effective non-invasive option for addressing muscle-related problems contributing to the need for continuous wiping after bowel movements.

If you feel like you have difficulty with the need to continually wipe after bowel movements, it’s time to get some relief! Contact Legacy therapy for a FREE private 1:1 phone conversation.