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Bowel and Bladder Control During Sex

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Updated November 22, 2010

Loss of bowel control during sex, or problems with bladder control during sex are not as uncommon a problem as you might think. It's just that we don't talk about them very much, not in public, and not even with our partners or health care providers. There is so much shame, both about sex and about bowels, that many suffer in silence, depriving themselves and their partners of an enjoyable sex life because they can't imagine a way to enjoy sex when the risk of having a bowel movement or losing bladder control looms.

As with any issue that is physical, emotional, social, and political, the path to having a healthy and hot sex life when you don't have control over your bowel or bladder is not an easy one to navigate. But it is possible. the links below offer tips on how to manage your bowel and bladder routine, how to talk with partners, and ideas on combating the shame that often comes with loss of bowel control during sex.

Dealing with the Silence and Shame Around Bowel and Bladder Control During Sex
The subject of bowel movements and bladder control during sex is one that most people avoid discussing at all costs. Ultimately some decide that they'd rather go without sex then ever talk with a partner or health care practitioner about it. Learn more about dealing with the shame and silence around loss of bowel and bladder control during sex.

Sex Questions, Answered: Is It Possible to Have a Bowel Movement During Sex?
Is it possible for someone to go the bathroom, specifically to have a bowel movement, when they're having sex? If someone has a bowel movement during sex, should they see a doctor?

How to Deal with Loss of Bowel and Bladder Control During Sex
If you live with reduced or no control over your bowel or bladder, whether it's temporary or permanent, and you're experiencing shame or anxiety that's getting in the way of you enjoying sex, there are things you can do that might help.

Talking About Bowel and Bladder Control
Tips on how to start a conversation with a partner about bowel and bladder control during sex.

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