How does constipation affect the body?

In constipation, intestinal processes are slowed down for various reasons. If left untreated, constipation causes fecal matter to build up in the large intestine and rectum. This mostly causes discomfort, though it may also cause you to feel abdominal pain and a feeling of sluggishness.

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Constipation is a temporary condition characterized by infrequent bowel movements (BM), passing hard stools or straining when you do have a bowel movement. A change in diet is often all it takes to reduce your chances of becoming ...

constipated. In some cases constipation can be a sign of a more serious condition, especially if you experience symptoms such as bloody stool or rectal pain. Learn more about ways to prevent and treat constipation with expert advice from Sharecare.

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