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In basic terms, the vaginal canal runs parallel to the urethra (urine tube) that is above it, and to the anal canal that is below it. In other words, the three tubes run parallel and touch each other, with the vagina being in the middle.

If you are constipated or if you have not moved your bowels, it is quite possible that penile penetration and/or thrusting will be uncomfortable, or even painful (dyspareunia), because of the accumulated feces that is ‘hanging out’ in the anal canal. It would be more so if you tend to have lumpy, dry, bulky bowel movements vs. loose stools.

If this post describes you, take measures to promote loose stools and/or avoid engaging in intercourse if you have not yet moved your bowels.

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vaginismus specialist Dr. Ditza Katz team member Women's Therapy Center
  • Georgette February 5, 2019 at 10:51 am / Reply

    I always suffer this discomfort during intercourse. Same feeling like constipation even if i empty my bowls. Less but still there

    • Ditza Katz February 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm / Reply

      Your intercourse discomfort may have other/additional causes; consult with your doctor (or come see us if that works for you; email us at [email protected]).

    • Sara April 14, 2020 at 7:24 pm / Reply

      Each time i am stimulated only in the vagina without even getting a penetration (for instance after a light masturbation without anal stimulation) i get the heavy sensation and pulses down the rectum which is followed by a two or three day hemoroid .i am so nervous n soooooo sad. Even when I think of the guy whom i love, this heavy burning sensation which may well lead to a two day constipation pops up. I am so sad. Are you going to tell me that it’s endometriosis? so nobody in normal health gets the anal pressure n constipation after a light vaginal sex?

      • Ditza Katz April 15, 2020 at 9:21 pm / Reply

        Sorry, but we cannot provide medical advice without seeing you in person. We suggest you discuss with your gynecologist.

  • Victoria Adeniji September 2, 2018 at 3:21 pm / Reply

    Thanks. This makes sense. I kind of thought so but I wanted to google search to confirm it.

    • Ditza Katz September 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm / Reply

      Glad to have been of help to you. Be sure to visit us again.

  • Kristin August 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm / Reply

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    • Ditza Katz August 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm / Reply

      Thank you. Please share to help us educate more women.

  • Lily Huang October 13, 2015 at 10:58 am / Reply

    Very helpful information,thanks!

  • Veta Spillett February 28, 2013 at 10:36 am / Reply

    Almost everyone gets constipated at some time during his or her life. It affects approximately 2% of the population in the U.S. Women and the elderly are more commonly affected. Though not usually serious, constipation can be a concern.-

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