When bowel motions become less frequent and faeces become harder to evacuate, this is known as constipation. Changes in food or lifestyle, as well as a lack of fibre, are the most common causes. If you experience significant discomfort, blood in your stools, or constipation that lasts longer than three weeks, you should see a doctor. Constipation is properly defined as having less than three bowel motions per week. The frequency with which you “go” varies greatly from person to person. Some people have bowel motions many times each day, while others only have them once or twice per week. Whatever bowel movement pattern you have is unique and normal for you – as long as you don’t deviate too much from it. Whatever your bowel pattern is, one thing is certain: the longer you wait to “go,” the more difficult it is for stool/poop to pass.
If you experience constipation, you are not alone. In the United States, constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal ailments. Constipation causes at least 2.5 million people to visit their doctor each year. Constipation affects people of all ages on a regular basis. Certain persons and circumstances are also more likely to make you constipated on a regular basis (“chronic constipation”). These are some of them:
- Getting older. Older adults are less active, have a slower metabolism, and have less muscular contraction strength in their digestive tract than younger people.
- Being a woman, especially during pregnancy and after childbirth, is difficult. Hormonal changes in women make them more prone to constipation. The intestines are squished by the baby in the pregnancy, impeding stool flow.
- You’re not getting enough high-fiber meals in your diet. Foods that are high in fibre help to keep food moving through the digestive tract.
- Taking some prescription drugs.
Constipation occurs when your colon absorbs too much water from waste (stool/poop), causing the stool to dry up and become difficult to push out of your body. To back up a little, nutrients are absorbed when food passes through the digestive tract. The partly digested food (waste) passes through the small intestine and into the large intestine, generally known as the colon. The colon collects water from the waste, resulting in a solid substance known as stool. Food may travel too slowly through the digestive tract if you have constipation. This allows the colon to absorb water from the waste for an excessive amount of time. It gets dry, hard, and difficult to push out the stool.
Constipation is caused by waste or stool moving too slowly through the digestive tract or being unable to be adequately removed from the rectum, causing the stool to become hard and dry. Constipation can be caused by a variety of factors.Remember to discuss your bowel motions with your doctor freely and honestly, as well as any questions or concerns you may have. Pooping is something that we should all do on a regular basis. Constipation can be a one-time occurrence, a long-term issue, or a symptom of a more serious ailment. Take precautions. Consult your doctor if you’ve observed a change in your bowel routine or if your intestines are controlling your life.