A woman engaging in a consultation with a doctor Medical Conditions

Constipation is a condition in which the frequency of bowel movements is reduced and bowel motions may become hard and difficult or painful to pass. It is often associated with a lack of fibre in the diet.

The management of constipation usually involves diet and laxatives whilst looking for any underlying or associated conditions. These may include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinsons’ Disease
  • Medication side effects
  • Bowel cancer (rarely)

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