What Causes Constipation?

There are several causes of constipation. The most common of these is poor lifestyle and dietary habits. Many people don’t realise they are not eating enough fiber and getting enough exercise.

Other things to consider include:

  • Hormonal and central nervous system disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of certain medication
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in menstrual cycle

Generally, more women appear to suffer from constipation than men.Giving birth also raises chances of subsequent instances due to injuries sustained during child birth.


  1. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. IBS in the Real World Survey. Summary Findings. August 2002. 

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