Constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools.
Constipation is usually caused by not drinking enough water or eating enough fiber, lack of activity or delaying going to the bathroom when you have the urge. There can be many other contributing factors to constipation like travel, medications, pregnancy, etc.
There are many different remedies available: stool softeners, bulk laxatives, suppositories or gentle laxatives. Prevention of Constipation:
Always remember to drink plenty of fluids, eat a high-fiber diet, get regular exercise and do not wait if you have the urge to go. Behavior modifications can be helpful, such as scheduled toilet sittings, particularly after meals.
Call our office if you experience sudden constipation with abdominal cramps and an inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement. This can indicate a more serious problem.