Constipation means it’s hard to have a bowel movement (or pass stools), they are infrequent (less than three times a week) or incomplete. Constipation is usually caused by inadequate “roughage” or fiber in the diet, or a disruption of the routine or diet.
Constipation causes a person to strain during a bowel movement. It may cause small, hard stools and sometimes anal problems such as fissures and hemorrhoids. Constipation is rarely the sign of a more serious medical condition.
You can treat your constipation by:
• Increasing the amount of fiber you eat.
• Exercising regularly.
• Moving your bowels when you have the urge (resisting the urge causes constipation).
If these treatment methods don’t work, laxatives are a temporary solution. Note that the overuse of laxatives can make symptoms of constipation worse. Always follow the instructions on the laxative medicine, as well as the advice of your doctor.
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