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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.

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