Iron supplementation & Constipation

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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby Polar Bear » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:23 am

I press on the perineum if and when it feels that a stool needs some assistance on its journey.
How long - probably a minute or so, maybe two, maybe longer if needed, gently press/release/press/release.
How hard to press - gently firm, I think you would know yourself when/if you try it.
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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby ViewsAskew » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:21 am

I do the same as PB. You can easily break it up - well maybe not easily, but without much work. You can tell from the touch what it needs to help make it smaller or break it up in some way.
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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby legsbestill » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:22 pm

What iron supplementation are you taking? I have heard that iron bisglycinate (aka 'gentle iron') is less severe from a constipation point of view.

Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.

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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby Polar Bear » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:49 pm

Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.


Never did I think I would be discussing this particular aspect of this particular subject.... and be happy to be discussing it. :roll: :roll:
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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:18 am

Polar Bear wrote:
Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.


Never did I think I would be discussing this particular aspect of this particular subject.... and be happy to be discussing it. :roll: :roll:


There is a lot of that on this forum, lol!
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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:18 am

legsbestill wrote:What iron supplementation are you taking? I have heard that iron bisglycinate (aka 'gentle iron') is less severe from a constipation point of view.

Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.


Indeed - I felt the same when I first read about it!
Ann - Take what you need, leave the rest



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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:21 am

To add to the perineum discussion...if you have a vaginal canal, you can really feel it easily! I learned that when I was in college, having a pelvic exam and the doctor said, "Oh, you need to defecate?" and I was horrified, lol.
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