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Constipation means different things to different people

Constipation is a condition that is characterized by infrequent bowel movements that are painful or difficult, or stools that are hard in consistency. 

In general terms, constipation means you have three or less bowel movement in a week. 

It may involve pain during the passage of a bowel movement, inability to pass a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes, or no bowel movements..  

Often it s caused by a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, insufficient drinking water, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate. 

Constipation in children often occurs if they hold back bowel movements when they aren't ready for toilet training or are afraid of it.  

A very common condition constipation affects people of all ages. 

Constipation can also cause your stools to be unusually hard, lumpy, large, or small. 

Twice as many women are affect tghanmen by consitpation and it ismore common in the elderly.

 Constipation is one of those topics few people like to talk about.   

Sometimes constipation is a sign of another health problem, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or hypercalcemia. 

Poor muscle tone in the pelvic area can also cause constipation. 

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. 

Severe constipation is defined as less than one bowel movement per week. 

Things you can do to pre vent constipation include:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and grains, which are high in fiber
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids
  • Get enough exercise
  • Takie time to have a bowel movement when you need to
  • Use laxatives only if your doctor says you should

.  Stress and travel can also contribute to constipation or other changes in bowel habits. 

It is importantto contact a doctor if you have:

  • Sudden constipation with abdominal cramps and an inability to pass gas or stool (DO NOT take any laxatives -- call immediately.  )
  • Sharp or severe abdominal pain, especially if you're also bloatedBlood in your stool
  • Constipation alternating with diarrheaThin, pencil-like stools
  • Rectal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Been using laxatives for several weeks or self care is not working. 

Many people only experience constipation for a short period of time, with no lasting effects on their health. 

For others, constipation can be a chronic (long-term) condition which causes significant pain and discomfort. 

Approximately 40% of pregnant women also experience constipation during their pregnancy. 

In terms of frequency, what constitutes constipation for one person may be normal for someone else. 

There are various medicines/tablets to help constipation (laxatives):Fibre supplements, which come as powder, which makes up a small drink, granules, tablets containing bran or indeed raw bran. 

Smoking, consuming too much tea and coffee, or intake of prescription or illicit drugs can also cause constipation. 

Drinking lemon juice mixed with warm water two to three times a day eases constipation. 

A common Ayurvedic medicine for constipation is Triphala Churna. 

In some cases, constipation is caused by more serious illnesses and events, including tumours and systemic diseases. 

It is important not to overtreat constipation with laxatives in place of seeking medical advice.