Home Health Splinting: What is it and is the TikTok constipation hack dangerous?

Splinting: What is it and is the TikTok constipation hack dangerous?

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The TikTok advice is accurate, but Dr Lee’s advice is much more thorough and easy to understand.

She said: “While you are sitting on the toilet, just insert either your thumb or a finger or two, into the vagina and press downwards and backwards as you strain.

“Try and be as relaxed as possible and breathe regularly and slowly. There is no need to panic.

“Take care to be gentle, and make sure you have short fingernails. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.”

Splinting isn’t dangerous. It’s a simple, easy way to help yourself.

However, Dr Lee said it isn’t good for you to be continually straining to open your bowels, as this will worsen the prolapse and encourage the development of haemorrhoids.

She said: “It can result in rectal bleeding, which can cause anaemia. If you keep needing to splint, you should see your GP. Any rectal bleeding should always be reported to your doctor.”



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