Constipation is a topic that few of us like to talk about, even though it is one of the most common medical complaints in Australia. It affects more women than men and it increases with advancing age in both sexes. Approximately 1 in 5 middle aged women suffer from constipation and it also affects around 1 in 10 children.
Constipation occurs when a person´s bowel movements become difficult to pass or when they occur less frequently than usual. Normal stools should be soft, formed and passed without straining but the frequency of bowel movements is different for everyone. For some, it is normal to have a movement once or twice a day but others only have a few movements each week – all are considered normal if it is the regular routine.
Bristol Stool Form Scale.
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