13:52 EST 17th December 2018 | BioPortfolio

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean:

  • not passing stools (poo) regularly
  • unable to completely empty your bowels
  • stools to be hard, lumpy, large or small.

The severity of constipation varies from person to person. Many people only experience constipation for a short time, but for others, constipation can be a chronic (long-term) condition that causes significant pain and discomfort and affects quality of life.

What causes constipation?

Difficult to identify the cause - things that increase the risk of constipation, including:

  • not eating enough fibre, such as fruit, vegetables and cereals
  • a change in your routine or lifestyle, such as a change in your eating habits
  • ignoring the urge to pass stools
  • side effects of certain medication
  • not drinking enough fluids
  • anxiety or depression
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