Which Conditions Affect Defecation Reflex? Know Treatment Tips From Expert

There are certain health conditions that could impact your defecation process, know about these conditions and ways to treat it.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalPublished at: Apr 17, 2022Updated at: Apr 17, 2022
Which Conditions Affect Defecation Reflex? Know Treatment Tips From Expert

The process of excretion or defecation is as important as eating food. Getting rid of the waste products in your body reduces the chances of infections and bacterial diseases to affect you. There are different kinds of excretory problems and digestive health problems that could occur in your body. Some of the most common of them are Constipation, diarrhea, and stomach infection. Defecation reflex is the process of eliminating stool from your body by a very easy and automatic process. When there is some problem in this process and you need to put extra pressure to remove your stools, then this condition is called to be dysfunction of defecation reflex. Today we are going to discuss about effects and treatment options that are available to recover defecation reflex. 

Medical Conditions Affecting Defecation Reflex 

Unfortunately, defecation reflex does not always work as we want it to be. We spoke to Dr. Sumeet Nigam, General Physician at Sahara Hospital, Lucknow to know conditions that could affect this natural process. He said that there could be several different medical conditions that could impair defecation reflexes. Let us look at some of the effects that could harm defecation reflex- 

1. Gastrointestinal irritation 

If there is some kind of stomach bug or stomach infection that occurs in your body, then you may have gastrointestinal irritation. This happens when the infection in the intestines makes the nerves more irritated and affects their regular function. This type of problem in defecation reflex is quite common and can happen from time to time. By eating proper diet and giving some time for your stomach to rest, you can solve gastrointestinal irritation. 


2. Neurological disorders 

It might be possible that there is some damage to the nervous system that messages your brain to pass stools. If any kind of such nervous damage happens, then the transmission of messages to the sphincter is affected. Brain disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease can affect defecation reflex. This can lead to serious complications and could cause major problems in passing stools. 

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3. Pelvic floor disorders 

Your muscles on the pelvic floor are responsible for pooping, peeing and sexual functions. If there is some kind of pelvic floor disorder, then your defecation process would be affected. Condition such as rectal prolapse could affect your defecation reflex and cause major problems in the process of passing stools. 

4. Spinal cord injuries 

Spinal cord injuries could affect your central nervous system.  When a person gets a spinal cord injury that causes paraplegic or quadriplegic injury, then the nerves are not able to carry the signals and messages properly. As a result of this, you might have problems related to defecation reflex and some other assisting functions.  


Treatment Tips To Recover From Defecation Reflex 

Since the cause can widely differ, there is no particular treatment to recover your defecation reflex. However, our expert has given some tips that you can apply in order to pass your stools comfortably.  

1. Drink plenty of water so that the defecation process remains smooth and there are less chances of constipation. 

2. Eat high fiber food in our diet can aid in digestion process and provides nourishment to your intestine and body. This makes it easier to pass stools.  

3. Do not ignore the urge to defecate or poop, this might lead to serious problems in the future if done regularly. Also increases risk of internal infections. 

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4. You can take some stool softeners from the doctor or gastroenterologist in order to defecate more easily, especially if you face troubles passing stools.  

5. Opting for biofeedback. This process is also called as neuromuscular training. It involves using special sensors that could be used to pressure the rectum. This allows the person to pass the stools easily and can resolve the issue. Having these pressure sensors on a person facing issues with defecation reflex could be used effectively.

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