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Chronic Constipation

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What are some gynecologic reasons for having chronic constipation?What are some gynecologic reasons for having chronic constipation?

From time to time, you could experience some bouts of constipation. Changing your eating habits, not staying hydrated, slacking in exercise, and various medications could be the culprit. However, there are also some health issues, including gynecologic concerns, which can cause chronic constipation.

Chronic constipation can be characterized as constipation lasting several months, but the definition of constipation can vary greatly from person to person. Some consider constipation to be any time there are hard stools that require straining, while others define it as infrequent bowel movements. Medically speaking, constipation means having less than three stools per week and/or having hard stools which require straining.

If you are experiencing chronic constipation, you may also be experiencing other uncomfortable symptoms. These can include feeling bloated, full, and uncomfortable. You may also experience pelvic pain and incomplete evacuation.

There are a number of reasons why women in particular can experience constipation. These can include dietary issues, hemorrhoids, hygiene concerns, and stress. Lack of exercise, not drinking enough water, irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid issues, colon cancer, and a wide variety of medications and supplements can also cause constipation issues in both women and men. In addition, constipation can be an issue for women because of several different gynecologic issues:Straining with constipation can lead to new health issues that can be a concern. You could develop hemorrhoids, varicose veins, anal fissures, or pelvic organ prolapse including a rectocele or enterocele. Chronic constipation can also negatively impact your overall gastrointestinal system and health.

If you are dealing with chronic constipation, schedule an appointment with your doctor. You should also keep a symptom diary which includes any other symptoms you are experiencing along with all of the medications, supplements, herbs, and vitamins you take. You should also record what, when, and how much you eat and drink.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-15-2015 - 10:40 PM


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