Because of the risk of bowel perforations, it is important to maintain bowel regularity and avoid constipation.
Some tips for maintaining a healthy bowel include:
- Eat between 20-35 grams of fiber a day. Fiber can be found in beans, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Eat fewer low-fiber foods such as ice cream, cheese, meat, processed foods, and sugary foods such as soda and candy — which can cause constipation.
- Drink water frequently. Fiber and water are needed to maintain healthy movement through the bowel. Other fluids such as fruit juices are helpful. Avoid drinking excessive amounts of fluids that cause increase urination such as those that contain high levels of caffeine.
Many individuals with VEDS benefit from stool softeners and a regular laxative regimen. It is generally suggested to use bulk laxatives that draw fluid into the bowel, but to avoid stimulant laxatives that stimulate the bowel to contract.
Talk to your doctor about ways to maintain healthy bowel habits or reach out for support via our Ask a Question page.