Constipation: A Common Issue in Women

Constipation is described as less than three bowel movements per week or infrequent bowel movements. Been there?  Felt that?  It is not a simple problem and certainly is not a pleasant one. In contrast, “sporadic” constipation is also common, but irregular, and may be due to any of the following reasons:

  • Medications
  • Inadequate dietary fiber
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lifestyle disruptions

Why do Women suffer more often than Men?

Women get more affected not only by constipation but also other gastrointestinal problems related to constipation.  (We know…not fair) Women often get constipated at certain times, such as, pregnancy, or in the earlier days of menstruation. Unfortunately, constipation is also a common complication with an increase of age and specifically after menopause.

Other than the physiological factors, mental stress also contributes to constipation and as women, we are often exposed to more stress as compared to men.

When women give birth, they use their pelvic and abdominal muscles to deliver babies via significant straining, which may result in internal hemorrhoids which can be a cause of chronic constipation in women. Conscious withholding of stools also contributes to constipation which is more common in women. (I mean let’s face it, women generally don’t poop in someone else’s home, but men seem to let it fly wherever they are when the need hits)

Factors form food choices and lifestyle can lead women to constipation and other related problems at a higher rate than men.

Problems related to Constipation:

Studies suggest that long-term constipation can lead to or increase the risk of other gastrointestinal problems such as:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Colonic and urologic conditions

Constipation and Detox:

Detox’s worst enemy is constipation because many toxins are eliminated through stool. You should follow a meal plan that is designed to promote detoxification including nutritional support with a fiber-rich diet which is also high in vegetables. To lubricate your digestive tract you should include vegetables, high fibrous foods, and indigestible fibers such as both soluble and insoluble fiber like bran. Daily physical activity helps to improve regularity and aids in easing symptoms of constipation.

These solutions can help women who are facing this issue frequently. Understanding why symptoms occur and what to do about them can help people reap the benefits of detoxification programs.