losing the power to poop

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Majort Asks:

My mom recently lost the power to poop. She tightens her abs for hours, but it seems the old sphincter isn't responding in kind to help push things along. She has had an upper GI, a colonoscopy, and a physical. The GI Doc said maybe it's due to having a lot of kids (ten in her lifetime). If that is the case, why, all of a sudden, now that she is seventy-five is this starting to happen? One day she's fine, the next day, she's got no power to poop?!


Dear Majort,

Sounds like your mom is experiencing an inability to use her pelvic floor muscles. Tightening her abs for hours might get her a spot on cable TV as the senior host of an exercise show, but probably won't do much for pooping. This effort really does require some muscular activity from a little lower down.

Some different exercises might be in order here, especially after having ten children. A Kegel exercise, named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, consists of contracting and relaxing the muscles which form part of the pelvic floor (sometimes called the "Kegel muscles").

A popular way to identify the pelvic muscles is to stop the flow of urine midstream. This is accomplished by contracting the pelvic floor muscles. Restarting the flow of urine is accomplished by releasing the pelvic floor muscles. Once identified this way, the pelvic floor muscles can be contracted and released independently of controlling urination. Kegels are most frequently performed in sets. Here are a few techniques:

  • Quick pumps - do 15 reps of quick pumps, pause for 30 seconds and repeat. Start at 15 and work your way up to 100 reps two times a day.
  • Hold and release - contract the muscle slowly and hold for 5 seconds, release slowly. Work your way to at least 25 reps two times a day.
  • Elevator - slowly contract 1/3 of the way, pause, then 2/3 of the way, pause, then all the way. Do 10 reps two times a day.
  • As always, I recommend that your mother increase her fiber and water intake and try not to "worry" about pooping too much. Older people do tend to become poop obsessed and that, in itself, can cause sudden changes to occur in one's pooping habits, consistency, and frequency.

    As far as being fine one day and not the next? Well, that, too, is just par for the course in aging.

    Thanks for asking Motherload!

    Motherload is Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.












    14 Comments on "losing the power to poop"

    ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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    I am reminded of the time when I was about 16 years old and attended a small vacant lot carnival which was occupying a lot on the outskirts of town. My friends and I were intrigued by a tent with a sign proclaiming "Girls-Girls-Girls-Must be 18
    to enter". We were all about 16 or 17 but anyone with 1 dollar (the price of admission) was allowed to enter.

    A middle aged hookerish looking woman entered and in short order, to the accompaniment of music and rousing shouts of approval from all us guys, proceeded to sashay around the stage and remove all her clothing. She then dropped to her hands and knees and with her posterior to her young audience
    she winked her asshole at us. We cheered wildly at such a virtuoso display of muscle control. I suppose she was doing kegel exercises. What ever it was we found it to be entertainment of the highest quality.

    If she performed this ritual on a nightly basis for a number of years I would opine that in old age her pelvic floor muscles were in excellent shape and she had no pooping problems

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    HowleyKook's picture
    l 100+ points

    I'm confused. This poor woman is 75, has had 10 kids, and can't push out a poop. Shouldn't she be more concerned about having it just fall out on its own?
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    C Everett Poop's picture
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    Send her to Taco Bell and she'll be shitting like a pack mule in 10 minutes.

    daphne's picture
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    Holy crap Chief! You've seen an actual Cootch show? What a life you've lead.

    I've always been a fan of the old-fashioned carnival, and it's a shame that the way they were has become just that - the way they were. The traveling carnival was an intriguing part of Americana and something that, when I get older, would love to start researching. To collect old carnival memorabilia would also be neat.

    And Howleykook, your comment made me laugh! I'm so glad you came around.

    I hope the gramma in question does her exercises and find some relief. One of the things that I've been told also in reference to lower pelvic muscles down there is that they will be stronger if you have sex on a regular basis. I don't know if that's true, but it's a great reason to "exercise".


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    Blind Mullet's picture
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    daph,
    You say that the travelling carnival was an intriguing part of Americana.
    Do they not exist there any more?
    Some of my most exciting childhood memories are from travelling carnies, but come to think of it, I haven't seen one here for ages, either.
    We still have travelling circuses, butt not carnies.
    I wonder why?

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    Bilgepump's picture
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    Mullet, we still have carnivals, but they have lost there magic....or maybe I'm just old and jaded...the freak shows are gone, the barkers are dressed in dirty t-shirts and jeans, instead of the almost British "Redcoat" type uniform, or equestrian clothing...the sword swallowers, strongest man in the world, the Fat Lady (Doniker's favorite), the worlds smallest man (Prarie Doggin always felt better when they compared in the port-a-potty), all gone.
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    daphne's picture
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    There might still be traveling carnivals, but the acts they used to have, the human acts, the freak shows, the cootch, they're either all gone or near done. I think the pc world has eradicated them from the face of the earth, which is somewhat of a mystery to me. When interviewed, many disfigured people who grew up in the carnival said that they had a sense of home and a place to belong in the traveling carnivals; and when the freak shows were ended, they lost some of the only paying jobs that they could get.


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    ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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    The carnival still exists in America but it is a mere shadow of its former self. Today
    they setup on tarmac in mall parking lots and offer practically nothing but rides. Gone forever are the days of the freak shows, delicious corndogs and pineapple ice milk you could enjoy while strolling the grassy fields of yesterday.

    The barkers were a wonder to listen to as they spewed out their constant stream of chatter and a marvel to look at in their
    bright uniforms. The games were wonderful, you could spend a dollar throwing darts, balls or rings at a target and perhaps win a prize worth as much as fifty cents.

    A I mentioned in my post above the
    "girly show" was the main attraction for all the teenage boys whose hormones were starting to course uncontrollably through their young bodies. Where else could you see a female puffing on a cigarette with her
    hoohoo. I suppose this was another form of kegel exercise that had a high entertainment value. Ahh......I am overcome with nostalgia for youth and the good old days.

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    Eoz's picture

    So you CAN smoke with your snatch? Damn, I've always wanted to try that.

    Butt Dumpling's picture
    m 1+ points - Newb

    Chief,that reminds me of a time in San Francisco when I was a kid and dropped a quarter in a slot and the window opened.There was an old lady combing her pubes!(probably crab lice).I puked and shit at the same time.When I hit the ground I was covered with more man juice than George Michael at a bukake facial party.

    phatmanxxl's picture
    Comment Quality Moderatork 500+ points

    I agree with the taco bell treatment. That always gets me mooooovin!

    The Shit Volcano's picture
    Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

    Another problem she might be having is back issues. I know when my back was pretty bad I couldn't shit without a struggle. It seemed odd, because I was told that back problems make you not be able to hold shit in, not the opposite. But that's what happened to me.

    Your mother might try seeing a physical therapist and have her back examined if the kegel thing doesn't work.

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    Hum bunger's picture
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    Butt Dumpling, what did you expect going into place like that? The roach infested strip joints on Market Street are even repulsive from the outside. With a constant flow of junkies and hoboes walking in and out of them it's hard to see the allure. What's worse is that your particular brew of vomit shit and sperm is probably not the nastiest mix of ingredients that booth has seen.

    Butt Dumpling's picture
    m 1+ points - Newb

    Hum Bunger,like I said,I was a young man.High school buddies hanging out.It never happened again.
    However, My fourth wife was a stripper but that's a story for another day !

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