Many of us have had issues with constipation at one point or another. It affects around 42 million people in the US, which is roughly 15 percent of the population. Constipation can affect anyone, but it tends to occur more often in women and those 65 and older.
In order to relieve occasional constipation, it's helpful to learn more about the symptoms and causes.
While constipation affects each person differently, here are some common signs:
Constipation occurs when stool stays in the colon, a part of the large intestine, for too long. The colon absorbs a large amount of water from the stool, making the stool hard and dry, which ultimately makes it difficult to have bowel movements.
There are a number of reasons why constipation may occur. Here are some of the more common causes of constipation:
There are a number of things you can do to get yourself regular again, including changing your diet to include more fiber, drinking more water, and getting more exercise. If those steps aren't sufficient, try taking a laxative for occasional constipation. In severe cases, a visit to your doctor may be necessary to uncover the cause of your constipation.
If you have occasional constipation, Phillips'® has a range of laxatives to provide gentle, effective relief.