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#1 balancedgrub


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 09:55 PM


Hi everyone, I feel quite embarrassed to post this but I want to know if anyone out there has experience with a low libido while suffering with IBS and chronic constipation.


I feel like it can't be just me. I know most of us think its the last activity you want to be doing while bloated and in pain but even on a good day, I just don't have much of a libido. I heard that long term laxative abuse can also be a culprit.


Sorry for bring up a risqué topic but I would like to know your thoughts.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 04:34 AM

oh please don't feel embarrassed or anything--really--we can discuss absolutely anything and everything here--nothing is too risque, TMI or taboo... :-)

as for me---i've never noticed my laxative use affecting my libido. when my laxatives work properly then i feel terrific...not bloated, not backed up and then my libido is great.

i can see that laxatives use could adversely affect libido, though, if one is using too many laxatives for their system and/or the laxatives cause dehydration or cause a nutrient deficiency (potassium etc) although i doubt if that's happening with you. it sounds like you have a very healthy diet.

you are so right though, about being constipated--if my laxatives don't work so well, then i'm backed up, bloated like there's a watermelon in there and in pain and well, of course that affects my libido--zilch..

maybe the stress of having IBS and chronic constipation, rectal hyposensitivity etc is affecting your libido. it is very stressful and exhausting having to deal with all this on a daily basis. maybe relaxation techniques, trying to get more rest or meditation would help?

these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 05:27 AM

My constipation stems from pelvic floor disfunction which causes me to have intense pain during sex, this causing my libido to be rock bottom. Any connection for you?

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 03:58 PM

I'm also wondering if you have pelvic floor dysfunction. This has always caused my sex drive to be in the dumps. Though mine might (in part) be caused by Endometriosis. I know that with that condition, having an orgasm is extremely difficult. Most think pelvic floor dysfunction is a bogus diagnosis but it isn't and it is extremely debilitating for some. This is the reason I often couldn't or can't get an urge to have a BM or expel stool very well. (it also turns out I have thyroid problems, though) I would get it looked into. Though neither an anorectal manometry or defecography showed anything. I was diagnosed by Mayo Clinic's biofeedback nurses. They immediately spotted tension as well as paradoxical contractions. (you tighten your rectum versus relaxing it) 

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