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Disclaimer: This is not my bathroom. If it was, I’d be blogging from there. #bathroomblogging
I truly believe there’s a general shift in attitudes when it comes to girls and “toilet talk”, and it goes something like this:
Ages 6-12: The Funny Phase. This is when it’s okay to laugh at your older brother’s crude jokes, talk about semi-gross things with your friends, and giggle unabashedly at potty humour in g-rated comedies. Poops and toots followed by LOLs. Because it’s funny.
Ages 13-19: The “It Wasn’t Me” Phase. Also known as the phase you wouldn’t be caught dead discussing tummy troubles or owning up to them, even in a comical way. I mean, come on, the teenage years are awkward enough without putting a spotlight on bathroom behaviour – especially topics like constipation, yikes!
Ages 20-29: The “I Don’t Even Use the Bathroom” Phase. You’ve likely moved in with a certain someone or spend increased amounts of time “coupling”. And if you have your way, he’ll never, ever, ever consider the fact that you even use the bathroom. Shh!! Don’t talk about it. Wait until he’s left for work or falls asleep. Be stealth and he’ll never catch on. Move back home for a few days in times of tummy trouble. (<< I actually did that. I swear.)
Ages 30+: The Whatever I’ve Seen it All Phase. So maybe you’ve had a kid or two and have actually been peed on while changing a diaper. Or perhaps you’ve been with the boyfriend from phase 3 long enough that he’s cottoned on to the fact that your body does go through a process of digestion. And most likely, you’ve matured and realize that tummy troubles are not a taboo subject! In fact, you may even find yourself beginning conversations like this: “I haven’t pooped in three days! THREE DAYS! For the love of God I just want to poop.” And if you’re not there yet, trust me – it’s never too late to own the throne.
Ladies, it’s time to open the bathroom door wide open. You don’t need to feel alone with bowel health issues and should feel empowered to take control! But if you feel uneasy chatting about it, you’re not alone: according to the Dulcolax® Bowel Health Poll, seven in ten Canadians feel comfortable discussing their bowel movements with their doctor, but only two in five feel comfortable discussing the subject with their partner, and even fewer would discuss it with a close friend, parent or co-worker.
In fact, nearly three quarters of Canadians actively avoid ‘going’ in public places – proof that it’s not something we’re comfortable with even though everyone does it, and most Canadians think bowel health is important.
The stigma around bathroom habits needs to be addressed.
Canadians who do experience difficulty or delays when it comes to bowel movements are looking for predictable relief. The Dulcolax® Bowel Health Poll indicates that half of Canadians say that having control around, or predictability with their bowel movements, is important to them. The following three steps can help Canadians maintain regular bowel movements so they can own the throne:
• Open Up: Canadians need to speak up when it comes to bowel movements because not only is it something we all experience, but it can be a good indicator for overall health.
• Healthy Lifestyle Choices: One in six Canadians feels their bowel movements are inconsistent and one in nine feel their bowel movements are uncomfortable. When you are constipated, you may feel bloated and not like yourself. To promote good bowel health, it’s important to get regular exercise, have plenty of water and caffeine-free fluids and always drink alcohol and caffeine in moderation. In addition, eating a diet rich in fibre is helpful.
• Don’t Delay Relief: Treatment options exist – but you need to make the right choice to get the relief you need. For example, for occasional constipation, a product like Dulcolax® Laxative tablets can be taken at bedtime and will produce a bowel movement the next morning in the comfort of your own home. It provides gentle, predictable relief, something the vast majority of Canadians are looking for.
Are you ready to own the throne? Join @besthealthmag for the #BHOwnTheThrone Twitter Chat on June 18th from 1-2pm EDT. Dulcolax is giving away six prizes, including one grand prize!
And in the meantime, enter to win a Dulcolax prize pack, valued at $100, here! The prize pack includes product coupons, an “Own the Throne” branded t-shirt and notebook, plus an in-shower speaker and water bottle. Simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck!