Digestive Care Expert Brenda Watson

Part II of the Poop Chronicles

by the Detox Diva Brenda Watson

What’s Sex Got to do With It?

Are Sex and Poop Really Connected?

Go ahead—do a double-take. Sex and Poop…yes, you read that correctly. The truth is ladies, two of the things we do most frequently (or wish we did) actually have a lot in common when it comes to how they make us feel. Don’t believe me?

Okay, think about it this way – having sex is one thing, but having good sex is quite a different experience altogether, agreed? Be honest, how many of you have an orgasm every time you have sex? Not many, I’ll bet, but wouldn’t it be great if you did? Just like it would be great if you had a complete, effective bowel movement every time you went to the bathroom. Are you starting to see the connection now?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked with women who have been constipated and then have a really good bowel movement, they tell me, “Wow! That was better than sex.” Well, I don’t know if they know how true this statement really is! Why wouldn’t sex—not to mention your sex drive—be related to how you poop? It all has to do with how you feel inside your body, and two things that can affect how you feel in a BIG way are sex and poop.

The Poop, the Whole Poop and Nothing but the Poop

Never in a million years did I think I’d end up doing what I do for a living: talking about poop, writing about poop, analyzing poop—and certainly I never would have thought I’d be talking about poop and sex in the same conversation. But, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense; a lot of the same things that make for a good bowel movement make for a good sexual experience, or at least have something in common with one. Let’s compare:

POSITIONING:

As you already know from Part 1 of the Poop Chronicles, positioning is everything when it comes to good elimination (for example, squatting is key because it fully supports the abdominal wall and bowel), and the same can be said for good sex. But, what if you’ve already developed problems like hemorrhoids, irritable bowel or even constipation from not positioning your body correctly during elimination?

For women with bowel health issues, sex may be uncomfortable. What do I mean? Well, if you’ve ever been constipated, think about how it made you feel—bloated, crampy, and altogether miserable, right? And who wants to have sex feeling like that?? And if you do, well, you may not want to do more than lie on your back and be a passive participant. Not exactly the most fulfilling sexual experience. Wouldn’t it be better to have a healthy colon and to feel good, so you can enjoy sex in the position or positions you prefer? That’s what I thought, your partner may not notice the difference but you certainly will!

SOUND:

Have you ever had sex so good you just couldn’t help being a little… vocal? Truth be told, when the sex is good—and I mean really good—sometimes you just can’t help but scream, moan, groan, whimper, speak in tongues, and well, you get the idea. So what does that have to do with a healthy bowel movement?

Think again about the last time you were constipated, and that feeling you had when you finally sat down on the toilet and had a healthy, complete bowel movement without any straining or difficulty whatsoever. Admit it, you may have let out a great big sigh, right? Or even just shout out because it felt so good just to finally have a normal poop! Both are completely normal, and both are connected to that same pleasure area in the brain that makes us want to cry out during good sex—who knew!

LENGTH:

And now for a quick recap from Part 1 of the Poop Chronicles: a healthy poop should measure about 16 to 18 inches in length and should be well formed as it comes out—kind of like a banana, soft but solid. And speaking of length, let’s talk about how the length of time has a lot to do with a satisfying sexual experience.

Simply put, would you rather have sex for 10 minutes or 60 minutes? Would you rather your orgasm lasted for two seconds or twelve? Well, unless you’re really pressed for time for some reason, I’m guessing I know the answers to both questions… of course you want good sex to last! Who wouldn’t?

FREQUENCY:

One of the surest signs of a strong digestive system is having 2 to 3 healthy poops every day—by “healthy” I mean easy, painless and complete elimination with well-formed stool—and one really important part of good elimination is actually making time to go to the bathroom every day. It may sound like common sense, but you wouldn’t believe how many people develop problems just because they don’t eliminate when the urge strikes.

So that brings us back to the topic of sex. Like good bowel function, making time for sex is just as important to a healthy, well-functioning relationship. Okay, maybe not 2 to 3 times a day, but definitely more than once a month or once every six months. That’s because sex gives you a chance not only to reconnect with your partner, but also to reconnect with your own body, which is essential to your well being. So remember to set aside enough ‘alone time’ each week to spend with your partner, and take advantage whenever the mood strikes. Believe me, everything else can wait!

KNOWING YOUR BODY:

In the end, whether we’re talking about good poop or good sex, it all comes down to one thing: knowing your body. If your digestive system isn’t functioning at its peak, you’ll know because of symptoms like irritable bowel, diarrhea, constipation, even gas and bloating—but the trick is to recognize what works and what doesn’t when it comes to your diet and lifestyle habits, and to make the changes necessary to achieve lasting bowel health. And guess what? The same goes for sex.

With sex it’s all about knowing your body too—what feels good, what doesn’t, which position is most pleasurable, which isn’t, and so on. As a woman I know that if I’m not feeling good inside my body, I’m not going to have a satisfying sexual experience, and for me, a big part of feeling good comes from having a healthy digestive system and regular, effective bowel movements. Eliminating built-up waste and toxins from inside your body can leave you feeling lighter, cleaner, and more energetic, and when that happens, good sex is never far behind.

Read Part I: It's All About the Poop

The goal of the ”Poop Chronicles” is to get you comfortable with looking at your poop. If it helps you get a handle on your overall health just by looking in the toilet every day, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? If all you have to do is look down before you flush - for sixty seconds - check out my POOP SCOOP tips and you’re all set.

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