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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.

If you consistently experience painful sex, see our page about vaginismus and vaginismus treatment.

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  • Georgette says:

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

    • Sara says:

      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 says:

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

    • Ditza Katz says:

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

  • Victoria Adeniji says:

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

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  • Lily Huang says:

    Very helpful information,thanks!

  • Veta Spillett says:

    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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