Difficulty passing stools lately left me irritable after every loo trips. Regular bowel movement can be as often as everyday to about two to three times per week. Constipation occurs when bowel movement restricts a person to loo trips for just under two times per week. However, constipation is not actually a disease. It is a symptom of many underlying causes. Undermining the possibility of a more serious disease, common causes of constipation may be as follows:
1. Bad bowel habits. Suppressing the stool specially on public toilets. Withholding the urge to defecate too frequently results in constipation.
2. Diet. Diets low in fiber results in a hard-to-pass stools.
3. Fluid intake. Water softens the stool and is the best laxative as laxative is associated with certain damages to the colon which then leads to constipation.
4. Hormones. Hormonal change played key factor in resulting to constipation.
Management and treatment of constipation:
adequate fluid intake
high fiber diet is recommended
maintain good mobility through exercise or physical activities
laxatives can be used but routine use is discouraged