Stools that are hard, dry, or lumpy are signs of constipation. So are feces that are difficult to pass, or the sense that not all of your stools have been passed. You usually can take steps to prevent or relieve constipation.
A person is said to be constipated when their bowel movements become infrequent and difficult to pass. Changes in food or lifestyle, or a lack of fiber, are the most common causes.
If you experience significant pain, blood in your feces, or constipation lasting more than three weeks, you should see a doctor.
What causes constipation?
It is considered to be constipation when you have less than three bowel movements each week. Personal preference dictates how often someone “goes.” Some people have bowel movements several times a day, while others only have them once or twice a week or even less frequently than this. In general, as long as you stick to your regular bowel movement schedule, you’re good to go.
Whatever your bowel pattern, one thing is for sure: the longer you wait to “go,” the more difficult it is for stool/poop to pass.
Constipation’s other common characteristics include:
- This is not normal for you.
- It’s tough to urinate and your bowel movements are painful.
- You’re not sure if your bowels are empty enough.
If you suffer from constipation, you aren’t the only one out there. One of the most common gastrointestinal ailments in the United States is constipation. Approximately 2.5 million people see a doctor each year for constipation-related ailments.
Constipation is a common ailment that affects people of all ages. When it comes to chronic constipation, there are some persons and conditions that are more prone to lead to it. These are some examples:
- Old age
- There is less muscle contraction strength in the digestive tract of older adults than there was when they were younger.
- While pregnancy and after childbirth, being a woman is a challenging experience. Constipation is more common in women because of hormonal shifts. During pregnancy, the fetus squishes the intestines, delaying the movement of stool.
- Consumption of insufficient quantities of high-fiber meals. Diets high in dietary fiber help food move more quickly through the intestines.
- Taking prescribed drugs (see causes).
- Suffering from a variety of digestive and neurological issues (see causes).
- The cause of constipation is unknown.
As a result of too much water being absorbed from waste (stool/poop), the stool becomes hard to expel from the body, resulting in constipation.
To begin, nutrients are absorbed as food travels through the digestive tract. After passing through the small intestine, undigested food (waste) is transported to the colon, which is the big intestine. As a result of this waste being absorbed by the colon, a solid substance known as the stool is formed. Food may pass through your digestive tract too slowly if you are suffering from constipation. This prolongs the time the colon has to absorb water from the waste, which can lead to diarrhea. The stool is difficult to eject because it is dry, hard, and brittle.
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