Causes for constipation


How constipation develops

Your digestion is like a high-precision machine, which needs the right fuel and environment: Normally, your food is moved along the digestive tract by muscle contractions. During this process, water and nutrients are removed from it in the large intestine. If your food contains too little fibre, you don’t drink enough or you don’t get enough exercise, poo moves through your intestines more slowly. This leads to too much liquid being removed and your poo can become dry and hard.

Being constipated for short periods once in a while is nothing you should worry about. But if your constipation lasts longer than six months and cannot be linked to a specific cause it is known as primary or functional constipation. Being under treatment can cause constipation as e. g. a by-product of another sickness or psychological problems, or a side effect of medication. If this secondary cause is eliminated, the constipation will likewise disappear.
Best news first: You’re not alone. Constipation is both a widespread and a complex condition. That is to say, in most cases there is no single cause. The cause is likely to be a combination of things that have an impact on the digestive system and lead to constipation as a result, for example a poor diet, too little exercise, stress, or side effects of medication.