What is constipation?

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean that you are not passing stools (poo) regularly, or you are unable to completely empty your bowels.

Constipation can also cause your 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.

Read more information about the symptoms of constipation.

What causes constipation?

It’s often difficult to identify the cause. However, there are a number of 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

In children, poor diet, fear about using the toilet and poor toilet training can all be responsible.  – ALSO see Squatting for proper toilet posture

With special mention to the source http://www.nhs.uk