How does constipation affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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 or tiredness.

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