Joe Kuchenbuch, a therapist with Psychological Consultants of Michigan in Battle Creek, said many people feel uncomfortable talking about issues dealing with subjects considered socially taboo because society has been shaped that way.
"We don't talk about this type of bodily function ... there is something dirty about it," Kuchenbuch
explained."Our culture has sort of been that way for a long time."
Parents teach their children not to talk about it and they, in turn, teach their children the same thing, he
said people should feel comfortable sharing such information with their doctors.He noted there is a federal law that mandates conversations between a doctor and patient be kept confidential.
"There's no reason to be ashamed," he
added that parents should use appropriate terminology when referring to bowel movements with their children during the socialization process from the ages of 2 to 5.
"As a way of softening it, we use pet names, or we don't refer to something for specifically what it is.Certainly, that leads to confusion" later in life, he