Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Constipation in Adults
If you do not have symptoms to suggest "prolapse" of the uterus, then weakness of muscles and ligaments in the pelvis may contribute to difficulty passing stool. Since you have difficulty moving stool through your pelvis, it may be worth your while to undergo specialized testing of your pelvic muscle function.
A video study called "defecography" can observe whether your pelvic and anal muscle movements are appropriately coordinated during a "practice" bowel movement. A thick liquid called barium is used to fill the rectum for this test, or a small balloon may be inflated in your rectum. Rectal pressures can be measured.
These tests usually require an evaluation by a specialist.
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also
- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Blood in the Urine in Men
- Causes of Impotence
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Men
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Painful or Frequent Urination in Men
- Penis Pain, Sores, Discharge or Lumps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Sexual Problems in Men
- Treatment of Impotence
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Understanding PSA
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