Types of constipation
There are two types of constipation: simple and severe (without a known cause)
• Simple constipation: This is usually due to improper diet and lifestyle. People with simple constipation do not suffer from major illnesses and get relief from improving their diet or by the use of substances that increase the volume of the stool.
• Severe constipation: This usually occurs in young women. It starts in childhood or adolescence. Psychological factors and ignoring the natural urge to pass stool play a significant role. A person with this type of constipation that has an unknown cause related to it, is normally difficult to treat. In some cases, high fibre intake may even worsen the symptoms. People with severe constipation without a known cause have decreased bowel movements and abnormal contraction of the muscles around the anus.
Source: Health Update, a monthly health bulletin for Health Education and Learning Packages (HELP)
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