Stool softeners are treatments, not answers. Folks use stool softeners because they are constipated. Obviously, stool softeners do not answer the burning question of why the food you ate is moving through you at a snail's pace.
Something mysterious is holding things up in your gut. While stool softeners are not literally explosive, you are metaphorically using dynamite to blow things on through you. Sounds like something is wrong, and we all know that it is not bright, and often dangerous to simply use a bigger hammer or more dynamite.
So, what causes constipation, bowel movements less than once a day, or difficult bowel movements? The four main factors are: food allergens such as dairy products, lack of exercise, stress, and lack of the mineral magnesium. Correcting the real causes can often cure the problem.
For you ladies, please beware that if the contents of your digestive tract move slowly, there is greater opportunity for bacteria in your gut to re-release estrogen that was slated for excretion with your stool, back into your blood stream, thereby potentially increasing your risk of hormonally-related cancers such as breast cancer.
Remember, dynamite is not the best answer for your colon, or for your health and safety.