I had really bad experiences as a six year old girl with suppositories. They had hurt going in and caused cramps. I would really like to avoid having to experience anything like that again. It may seem stupid, because I'm 19 years old now, but those things still scare me! I've taken some laxatives but they haven't worked. This is day two and I'm miserable. Is there anything else I could try? If not, is there anything I can do to make the suppository less painful going in? Thanks in advance!
Maybe rather than use a suppository you might prefer a similar medication in a small enema tube; just cut the sealed end off with scissors and away you go. It is small with a long skinny nozzle you will want a toilet close by soon enough.
You could by oral chemical (coloxyl is an excellent stool softener) or natural laxatives (metamucil is a great gentle one that works over about 8 hours) at the supermarket with good effect; usually next to the vitamins section. You really don't want go into the industrial strength ones yet.
I've also had some not so fond memories of suppositories as a child, and even worse was laxatives. As I've gotten older I found that they are not as bad as I remember. The best are glycerin-only suppositories which don't have the laxative effect and are much more gentler.
I usually become constipated right before my period. Added to that is a busy house and limited privacy to spend a long time in the bathroom. So what I do is take a suppository into the bathroom and insert it (I agree, it does feel uncomfortable going in). For me it takes about 1-3 or so hours before I feel the urge, so its not like right away as it doesn't contain laxative and thus I don't have to hurry. I think the glycerin mainly lubricates and softens the stool a bit. My bowel movement then happens nicely, still well-formed, and not much pushing needed. For me its a discreet way to take care of my constipation when things are so busy at home, especially when I can't spend a long time on the toilet pushing and trying to poop without being interrupted.
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