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82457acb1a Do not use laxatives for more than two weeks without calling your doctor. How long constipation lasts depends on its cause. For details see our conditions.Original Author: Dr Tim KennyCurrent Version: Dr Roger Henderson Peer Reviewer: Dr Adrian BonsallDocument ID:4226 (v45)Last Checked: 28/01/2016 Next Review: 27/01/2019Now read about Constipation in Adults Did you find this health information useful?Yes No Thank you for your feedback!Subcribe to the Patient newsletter for monthly healthcare and news updates. Top Picks Common Constipation Treatments Newly Diagnosed With Crohn's? Steps to Take Restaurant Heartburn Triggers Abdominal Pain: What Could Be Causing It Experimental Pill for Celiac Disease Is Acid Reflux Causing Your Cough? . Anal fissures are generally caused by constipation, or straining with a bowel movement. The Mayo Clinic. Sometimes, because of a busy schedule or limited access to restrooms, a person ignores the urge to defecate. It is due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy that slow down the gut movements. Fecal impaction is a more serious form of constipation that sometimes affects the elderly and disabled.
Treatment. Less often, constipation may be a symptom of an illness or condition that affects the digestive tract, the brain or the spinal cord. Understanding Constipation Find out more about constipation: Basics Symptoms Treatment Prevention He or she may also take a blood sample and examine your colon with a sigmoidoscope or a colonoscope, a flexible tube with a video camera that is inserted into the rectum. About 1 in 5 pregnant women will become constipated. However, some people need more fibre and/or fluid than others in order to avoid constipation.Some special slimming diets are low in fibre and may cause constipation.Some medicines can cause constipation as a side-effect. Sarah Jarvis Piles just a pain in the backside? Irritable Bowel Syndrome just puff and wind? Tiredness: when is it a symptom to get checked out? Read more blog posts Toileting routinesDo not ignore the feeling of needing the toilet. This is to prevent a blockage of the gut, which is a rare complication of eating a lot of fibre without adequate fluid. A diet low in fiber You need about 25 grams to 30 grams of fiber every day to soften the stool and encourage proper bowel function. peanut (arachis) oil enemas are occasionally used to soften impacted faeces in the rectum.