The questions you are too embarrassed to ask!

Our survey showws that a quarter (26%) of us have a health question we’re too embarrassed to ask our GP. For almost one in 10 (9%) it’s bowels that are taboo, second only to sex (15%) as the most embarrassing topic we’ll avoid. A worrying number (6%) say we’ve backed out of asking our GP a question about our bowels because we were too embarrassed.

“People really are embarrassed, but they shouldn’t be. We all go to the toilet and all have problems from time to time. Constipation and other bowel worries have a real impact on how people feel and their confidence, and affect all of us occasionally. GPs and nurses aren’t shocked easily and are here to help.”

GP and medical adviser Jess Kalsi.

Dulcolax and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer teamed up to answer the nation’s embarrassing bowel questions; from ‘what is constipation?’ and ‘what if it hurts to go to the toilet’ to ‘I have piles, what should I do?’.

Following an online call for questions earlier this year, the experts, including a GP, a nutritionist and a nurse, have provided straight talking answers and advice about constipation and other bowel worries, which are available in two new films.

“There seems to be a lot of confusion out there. People used to think that you needed to go to the toilet every day, but in fact anything between three times a day and three times a week is normal. Be aware of what is usual for you, and look out for changes. People are suffering in silence. We need to get over that British ‘stiff upper lip’. Speak to someone as soon as you have a concern.”

Nutritionist and bowel expert Kate Arnold.

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