Constipation is a common condition in adults that affects twice as many women as men. It is often defined as having two or fewer bowel movements a week. While it is very difficult to identify the exact cause, there are several factors that can contribute.
Lifestyle can play a significant role here, e.g., a lack of fibre in the diet, dehydration, being under- or overweight, or a lack of exercise. Our bathroom habits can also contribute to constipation, for example, ignoring the urge to go or a lack of privacy when using the bathroom. Certain medications can induce symptoms, too. Finally, psychological factors such as stress and anxiety or a change in daily routine can also trigger a bout of constipation.